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.