Sony Xperia SP shows its face on its way to Mobile World Congress debut

Daniel Bader

February 22, 2013 12:03pm


Sony is readying yet another Xperia device, this one for Mobile World Congress next week. The 4.6-inch Xperia SP (no relation to the Xperia S, apparently) looks to have a 720p display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960T processor at 1.7Ghz, with an Adreno 320 GPU. For those keeping track at home, this is a Krait chip clocked slightly faster than last year’s 1.5Ghz models, and has an updated GPU (320 vs. 225). It should be plenty fast as a result.

According to XperiaBlog, the device will have an aluminum frame but a plastic back, and come with an 8MP Exmor R camera sensor, 8GB of storage and likely 1GB of DDR2 RAM. It looks to weigh a tad more than the Xperia ZL at 155g and have similar dimensions, including a thickness of under 10mm.

Expect the phone to be announced officially at Mobile World Congress, but I wouldn’t bet on any Canadian carriers picking it up. It’s too powerful to be an entry-level phone, and too similar to the Xperia ZL to be a flagship. While the specs are indeed better in some respects than the Xperia T, and the design language more true to Sony 2013 than 2012 (look at the power button, similar to the Xperia Z), it’s just not that interesting a phone.

We’ll bring you the announcement when it comes — maybe Sony has a few ways to astound us yet.

Source: XperiaBlog

  • superfly

    Pure crap again

    • james

      not eveerything has to be high end. This is better that those samsung galaxy “discover” and “ace”.
      Atleast this is good looking design.

  • superfly

    Oh…. 1st and 2nd

  • James

    The crazy thing is, 1GB of ram, 720p display, dual core S4 are all the specs for a midranged device this year.

  • Gman

    for ppl want a smart phone but only use it casually, this is more than enough. CPU is powerful enough for 720p, GPU is as the same as the latest Snapdragon 600. Great option.

  • skazzberry 2.0

    Hey SP, you should get this phone.

  • pbergeron

    Nice HTC 8X…

  • tomatoes 11

    It’s high end. Much better specs that the iPhone 5 and almost exactly the same specs as the ZL minus ram and a 5 inch 1080p screen. There is no such thing as a 4 inch 1080p screen so I guess anything under 4.7 inches will be mid range for you guys.

    The beast you want doesn’t exist. 4 inch is capped at 1136 x 640 and 4.3 is capped at Z10 resolution, which doesn’t fit Android so 720p at 4.3 is top of the line, which is what this is.

    • S2556

      Z10 resolution definitely fits android because it has been featured on numerous devices through out 2012 and early 2013. This phone looks like a solid mid range option though

    • seroevo

      People will hate no matter what.

      It seems the majority of posters on this site are just trolling anyway, be it hating iPhone, hating anything Android other than 3 models (S3, Note 2, Nexus 4), hating anything under 5″, or hating anything on-contract.

      It’s ridiculous the ignorance here, intentional or not I can rarely tell.

    • Tomatoes11


      it only works on phones with the on screen buttons, not so much on screens with capacitive buttons. Aspect ratio would be too short and fat.

  • Eric

    at least sony isnt doing what samsung does…this looks different from their flagship,xperia z. Unlike samsung, they make almost all their phones identical to the s3 but just different specs and screen size….just to name a few off the top of my head, there’s A LOT that makes it like s3…like premier, express, young, fame…..ativ s…you name it..

  • SC

    The front looks sony but the back definitely does not