Sony build a great image in the Android phone market with its Xperia Z, a flagship device with elegant design and impressive specs.Now it’s looking to grab the market with a new higher midrange smartphone named the Xperia SP.
Sony has launched Xperia SP in India, at Rs 27,490 which is a decent price.The all-new Xperia SP features a 4.6-inch touchscreen with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology,1280x720p resolution and 319ppi pixel density. It runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM. The phone has 8GB internal storage and supports microSD expansion up to 32GB.
Xperia SP on the other hand, is not coming with any waterproof or dustproof certification and can be assumed a decent alternative to its higher-priced big brother Xperia Z tagged with Rs. 37,990.
Sony’s most competitive devices have historically come from the midrange, so it will be quite interesting to see how the SP will do.
Lets have a look on key specs of Xperia SP
- Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 1.7 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core
- 4.6″ touchscreen – scratch-resistant TFT
- 16,777,216 colours, 1280×720 pixels
- Comes with on-screen QWERTY keyboard
- Corning Gorilla glass
- 8 megapixel camera with auto focus
- HDR mode, panorama, face detection, touch focus and image stabilization
- VGA front-facing camera, video calls
- 16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash
- Full HD (1080p) video recording
- Talk time (up to): 18 hours and 53 mins
- Standby time (up to): 734 hours
- Music listening time (up to): 39 hours
- Video playback time (up to): 7 hours and 36 mins
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
- Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
- WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom
- Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
- USB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host)
- GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
- RAM: 1GB
- Flash memory: Up to 8 GB
- Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB
Dimensions & Weight
- 130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm
- 5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches
- 155 grams
- 5.47 oz
Red, White & Black
- Google Chrome
- Google Play
- Google Voice Search
- Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude
Let’s check what critic’s say about Xperia SP
Sony Xperia SP review by Rajat Agrawal ( bgr.in)
The Xperia Z is really a mixed bag kind of device. The design is pretty but has its own set of flaws. The camera has the highest resolution sensor available in the market on an Android smartphone today but its performance is average. The battery performs above par if you are willing to sacrifice being online at all times. The display has the highest pixel density on a smartphone (for now) but suffers from poor viewing angles.
The only thing that really works for the Xperia Z is its pricing but that is more about HTC failing to price the Butterfly sensibly. It is water resistant too but it remains to be seen whether that is a killer feature for which buyers would choose the Xperia Z.
Sony Xperia SP review by Anupam Saxena (gadgets.ndtv.com)
The phone outperforms all its rivals and the full-HD display is brilliant. Sony has tweaked the software to make it user friendly and yet please the power users.
We do feel that not everyone would be comfortable putting down this big an amount for a smartphone, and such people may consider other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the LG Optimus G, which are now available at attractive discounts compared to their launch price. Large screen enthusiasts may also prefer the Galaxy Note II that comes with a stylus.
Sony Xperia SP review by Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)
The Sony Xperia SP is a phone that still deserves a raised eyebrow of appreciation thanks to the combination of spec list and likely price.The body is smooth and feels quality in the hand, and while the screen is slightly dwarfed by the larger chassis.
Undoubtedly this is a phone that could fly off the shelves if enough people get fed up with the notion of spending loads of money each month on a handset.With an impressive screen, Android 4.1 and an 8MP camera, alongside NFC and 4G, this spec list wouldn’t look too out of place on a new flagship phone from another firm right now – and with a lower price, that’s an ace notion.
Sony Xperia SP review by Carly Page (Theinquirer.net)
On first impressions the Sony Xperia SP is a decent, well configured mid-range smartphone. However, it has some fierce competition in the mobile market from Nokia and Samsung, and we’re not fully convinced that Sony has done enough here to win over budget conscious smartphone buyers.
Sony Xperia SP review by Gsmarena team (Gsmarena.com)
The Android user interface on the Xperia SP provides the standard flavor of Jelly Bean, though not without some Sony custom touches to it. You get an array of nifty Sony media apps like Album, the Walkman music player, and Movies. The interface has come a long way in recent years, and while it is not as customizable as, for example, HTC’s Sense UI ,It is still aesthetically pleasing.
Sony’s midrange offerings have consistently delivered top value for money in the past two years and the Xperia SP follows in the same footsteps. With the right price tag, it has the potential to be one of the most enticing offers in the midrange segment, regardless of the manufacturer. We can’t wait to get the Xperis SP for a little while longer, so we can put it through its paces.
Sony Xperia SP review by Roydon Cerejo ( tech2.in.com)
The Xperia SP seems like one of the many handsets that Sony will be launching to fill the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 price gap. The SP is shaping up to be a very good handset for the price; however, it does have to contend with previous flagships – for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S III – that have moved down the price ladder. With the OS on the same playing field, the S III does beat the SP in terms of raw specifications and power, so it will have to fight to stay relevant, unless Sony drops the price quickly.
Sony Xperia SP review by Andrew Williams ( trustedreviews.com)
Sony Xperia SP is a nice handset comes With a dual-core processor and less-than-skinny body, the Sony Xperia SP isn’t going to turn anywhere near as many heads as the Xperia Z. But it’s not meant to. This is a more down-to-earth phone for those who don’t want to fork out top dollar. Our only concern is whether it’s quite cheap enough, with retailers suggesting it’ll cost £329.99 SIM-free.
Sony Xperia SP review by Chris Finnamore (Expertreviews.com)
The Xperia SP is a great-looking phone with a seriously powerful chipest. There’s no word on pricing yet, but it could be an excellent upper-mid-range contender – we just hope Sony can do something to improve the camera’s low-light performance before launch.
Sony Xperia SP review by Goodwin (knowyourmobile.com)
Overall, the Sony Xperia SP is a very compelling proposition. The display, powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2, is bright, detailed and crisp, and you have LTE-connectivity, as well as a decent sized 2370 mAh battery which, combined with Stamina Mode, should deliver excellent results.
Why to buy it?:
There is a lot of reason that encourage to buy this phone like its12.1 MP camera, NFC TAG, Bravia Engine with 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM gives this phone a solid edge over others. Music Library and Sony’s Large Movie is its plus point.
Why to avoid it:
There are some limitations too that restrist you to buy it, its design can be a reason to think twice before buying. It has a slow processing speed and the 3G experience is not so good.
Sony Xperia S is a nice phone with superb specs like its excellent camera and screen, HDMI port, nice audio quality, huge storage, strong battery life that enough to buy a phone. But its rectangular, sharp body is not much impressive. On all other aspects, Xperia S gives tough fight to its rivals in every aspect.