Sony Xperia SP Review


With the new series of Sony Xperia phones that have been rolling out since the CES 2013 held at Vegas, they have shifted gear. The phones are better in every way. The phone leading the brigade this year is the Sony Xperia Z, the ZL and now the phone we will be talking about in this article, the Sony Xperia SP. This phone can support 2G, 3G but 4G LET networks too. Sony has amplified their built quality to the highest level. It is such bliss to hold their new lines of phone and especially the Sony Xperia SP. It has gone out and performed really well. It takes the Nexus 4 head on falling for the exact same price tag. Things are getting hotter in the mobile industry. Let’s have a look at this bad boy.

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One place Sony never compromise, the design. Not just in phones but television, home theatres, Walkman, just everything they make. The Sony Xperia SP comes with a great shiny, premium glass body. It is a real treat to look at. Hold it, and it just feels amazing. When you hold a Sony Xperia SP, g it gives you the feel of holding something really expensive. That, comforts most of the minds as to why they just bought such an expensive phone. Looks have it all. Weighing at around 155g, this phone is quiet heavy. Not like a brick in your pocket, but yeah much heavier than other phones around. Sony sticks to their square design of the body on this one too. Scaling 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm (5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 in), this phone is decently sized in terms of thickness. The design is just so sharp, its perfect.


Wow, before even I tell you about the display I would take my time and just be psyched and wowed. How can they create such a beautiful thing? Genius. Sony Xperia SP comes with a 4.6inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display. It comes with a “WHOA” resolution of 720x1280pixels and 319ppi pixel density! Watch HD, play games, browse, even watch a movie for a long time. It’s the perfect size and a visual candy to look at. The colours, the uniformity, the sharpness, the contrast, it’s just come together brilliantly. The quality of that glass on the display just makes you love it even more. Powered by the Sony Bravia Engine 2, it just makes the motion seamless and the colours very precisely accurate. The display can take


Camera is a forte where Sony has always lacked when compared to the nearly same price tag phones. It is not like they do present you with the best quality image or anything like that. Just that when it comes to challenging conditions, its very difficult for them to hold up their detailing in the images. It is the same case with Sony Xperia SP. Many phones that came before it, much more affordable have better cameras. Do not get me wrong, it is not a disaster, just not one of the best that we expect from Sony. Camera on the Sony Xperia SP has a 8MP sensor taking photographs in a resolution of 3244x2448pixels. Under normal condition, the phone takes brilliant photographs but comes short to capture those true colours in that moment.

But, the camera comes with ton loads of stuff, face detection and smile detection, panorama, HDR and image stabilization. The video can be captured in full HD 1080p quality and you get the goodness of video stabilization to make your video feel smoother. A big disappointment and complete no no comes from their secondary camera. For 25,000INR you are paying for a mere VGA front camera. That is ridiculous. If you are someone with a long distance relationship, or try to stay close to family through video calls, this is not your camera preference.


Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, this phone has one of the best OS in the world. Android comes not only in this top class phones but also in very much affordable budget smartphones, giving even the common man the power to experience a good interactive smartphones. Android gives you the power to customize, tweak your OS as much as you can to get to a perfect interface for you, the user. With a large amount of developers and one of the best SDK in the market, Android is unstoppable. If there is an app coming out, it is surely to be released on the Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. You can count on that blindly. It already has a huge base for applications, everything you need or else go ahead and develop it.

Performance and Memory

Sony Xperia SP comes with a 1.7GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. For a 25,000INR phone, we expect the RAM to be much higher than 1GB surely. But, for all there is, a very smart, responsive, smooth operated smartphone all because of that huge processor. You need not worry about apps still running in the background, or will the multitasking be good or just any doubts related to the performance, it is huge on firepower and it delivers. But here is the deal breaker, on the Antutu benchmark, the Xperia SP scores less than the Micromax A116! And just as good as the old HTC ONE. Now that is your job to think over. Frankly, Dual Cores are outdated by now, I mean already! In this range of smartphones we expect faster and better. But for all the things there is, a fast smartphone.
It comes with an 8GB internal memory expandable to 32GB by microSD cards. We expect the memory to be able to boom to up to 64GB. You get 2G, 3G and even 4G LTE for your phone if you choose to get the connection. You can also connect to the internet via the Wi-Fi. It does come with NFC and blutetooh v4.0.

Final Thoughts

NO doubts it is quick enough, looks good enough and performs well enough. But we question the pricing. The display is certainly a keeper, so are the looks and the design but it could perform much better for a 25k phone. It is not bad at all, no but we see the value of money getting affected. If you love a big screen, on the road carrying your entertainment in your smartphone or love flashing the phone around- this is your phone to buy. But if you are a sucker for huge massive games then not so much, unless you want to change your phone within 6 months as it will get outdated.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 – C5303
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – C5302
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – C5306
4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – C5303
LTE 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – C5306
Announced 2013, March
Status Available. Released 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm (5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 in)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.6 inches (~319 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB (5.8 GB user available), 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 86 kbps
EDGE Up to 237 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, check quality
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 320
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Red
– SNS integration
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 635 h (2G) / Up to 734 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h 25 min (2G) / Up to 19 h (3G)
Music play Up to 39 h



Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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