New Sony phone #1: Xperia SP

New Sony phone #1: Xperia SPRemember I mentioned last week that the Sony Xperia Z was tipped to get two new smartphone friends, namely the Xperia SP and Xperia L? You’ll never guess what’s happened this morning.

Yes, the Japanese manufacturer has fired out a press release detailing two spanking new Android smartphones, the first being the fairly high-specced Sony Xperia SP.

Don’t worry if you’ve just invested in the Sony Xperia Z. It’s still very much Sony’s smartphone flagship, but the Sony Xperia SP spec sheet makes for interesting reading in its own right.

For starters, we have a 4.6in display (720 x 1280, 319 PPI), dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 2,370mAh battery, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), and 8GB internal storage – with a microSD slot welcoming further storage beef.

As for the Sony Xperia SP’s cameras, we have an 8MP rear snapper and a token VGA shooter on the front.

On the connectivity side, the Sony Xperia SP boasts both 4G LTE and NFC (Near Field Communication).

The Sony Xperia SP also claims to have “one of the most intelligent smartphone screens around”, with “new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction”. Fancy.

There’s also a “transparent element” at the bottom, welcoming custom illuminations for incoming calls and texts.

Release date? The Sony Xperia SP will be "available worldwide" from Q2 2013, though price is a mystery at this stage.

And that’s the Sony Xperia SP. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must dash off and write about the Sony Xperia L…

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Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:26

Pity about the storage and the lack of mention of the water resisting that made the similarly styled Z more attractive than the norm.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:48

The Z looks gorgeous... until you realise it's not very close...it actually is huge.
After a minute or so of holding it I went through a mental list of possible hand contortions that would make it more bearable to hold that slippery slab... Frankly, I lost interest in trying out any of the features because of that. Sure, "put it in a case".... Still. The tabs they used in Star Trek Voyager 18 years ago looked more ergonomically pleasing.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:04

Well this should be handier size.
Voyager was dreadful.
Mentioning star trek does make me think that in original series the chess set was more advanced than the controls of the ship.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:08

Well this should be handier size.
Voyager was dreadful.
Mentioning star trek does make me think that in original series the chess set was more advanced than the controls of the ship.


omg... Voyager rules :p If only they had decompiled the doctor in episode 2.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:31

Star trek irritates in that every series the main enemy from the previous show ends up represented in the crew, federation out borging the borg.
Voyager's only saving grace was that it was marginally better than ds9, mind you I've had hospital trips more enjoyable than ds9

JohnnyUtah  Mar. 18, 2013 at 23:09

Star trek irritates in that every series the main enemy from the previous show ends up represented in the crew, federation out borging the borg.
Voyager's only saving grace was that it was marginally better than ds9, mind you I've had hospital trips more enjoyable than ds9


and then there was Babylon 5...

my ex-girlfriend liking it was enough to make me hate it with a passion.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 23:17

Well that was a bad decision.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 23:32

Star trek irritates in that every series the main enemy from the previous show ends up represented in the crew, federation out borging the borg.
Voyager's only saving grace was that it was marginally better than ds9, mind you I've had hospital trips more enjoyable than ds9

ds9 was scandalous... the whole religious trip was pathetic.... some very good actors screwed in the process...

venkatasalam  Mar. 20, 2013 at 07:13

Please state whether the new Sony smart phone Xperia-Z has a loudspeaker to enable hearing impaired people to listen the phone call clearly.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 20, 2013 at 08:29

Please state whether the new Sony smart phone Xperia-Z has a loudspeaker to enable hearing impaired people to listen the phone call clearly.

As in "loud" or "hearing aid compatible"? The Spny Xperia Z has a hearing aid compatibility rating of M3.

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