Sony Xperia SP

How does Sony's latest mid-range handset shape up?

From a handful of phones a few years ago, Sony Mobile now offers a vast portfolio of Android devices -- and it's quickly exhausting the alphabet with its letter-themed Xperia handsets. We've already covered the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at the high end, now it's the turn of the Xperia SP, the company's mid-range offering for mid-2013.

With a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 720p screen and 8-megapixel camera, the SP boasts specs that would've been considered bleeding edge less than twelve months ago. It's also much more hand-friendly than its larger siblings, with a comfortable, curved back panel. The SP also sees Sony resurrecting one of the quirkier features from its 2011 line-up -- the glowing "transparent element" that acts as a giant notification LED (and disco lights, if you're using the Walkman music app.)

Check out our full video walkthrough of the Sony Xperia SP after the break.

Sony Xperia SP


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Sony Xperia SP video walkthrough


This appears to be one heck of a phone to be considered "midrange"! For those searching for a premium, smaller handset: if I had to choose between the Xperia SP and an iPhone 5, I'd choose the SP every single time. Considering that the GS4 and One have the high end on lock right now, THIS is the handset Sony needs to get in all 4 US carriers' portfolios ASAP!

I am also considering the Xperia ZR. Same specs as the Xperia Z but in a 4.55-4.6 Display with 720P resolution. And it has higher IP rank for underwater photos. It'a sweet phone but availability can be an issue. Although you can find mentions of it online and i asked about it on Sony's facebook page in my country (Romania> EU) and they said it will come but ETA is not set i don't think carriers will pick on it. Still a sweet phone too little people know about.

Its pretty crazy that this far along in to making phones that you have to deal with a TFT screen on a handset. Get it together, SONY!!! We all know you could make (or buy) IPS panels.

There are dual and quad-core S4 Pro SoCs. MSM8960T is the dual-core version, which is what the SP uses --

Picked one up yesterday, very nice phone, especially for the price. ($340 unlocked international version)

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