Sony Xperia SP delayed, now expected mid-May

Sony Xperia SP delayed, now expected mid-MayYou may remember the Sony Xperia SP – you know, big 4.6in screen, mid-range specs and a decent Exmor camera?

You may also have been expecting it to go on sale in the UK yesterday.

Well, the bad news is it didn't – and in fact it could still be a couple of weeks before the latest Xperia pretender makes its presence known.

We'll give Sony the benefit of the doubt on this one by saying the existing rumours that the Xperia SP was set to launch on April 30 didn't actually come from the Japanese electronics giant at all, but from Clove, which claimed last week that the black version of the handset was due on April 30 to be followed by the white version a week later.

Yesterday the very same Clove updated its pre-order page to state: “First stock delayed until week commencing 13th May.”

No reason has been given, though not to sell the Xperia SP short but it's hardly likely its non-arrival is prompting national outrage, so it's no surprise that nobody's gone out of their way to explain.

If you are looking for a new mid-range blower, however, it's well worth considering. It looks good, and that larger than standard 720p display with its Sony Mobile Bravia Engine should be good for gaming and multimedia, while the dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor should be up to the task too.

Throw in a decent Exmor RS 8MP image sensor with auto-focus, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean plus all the other standard smartphone trinkets, and you could do worse for the £300 SIM-free Clove are quoting. Not a bargain by any means, but a good second-tier choice if that's what you're after.

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ProfCynic  May. 3, 2013 at 13:30

"Orange is delighted to confirm that the Sony Xperia SP will be launching on Orange from Friday 26th April"

So not just Clove.

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