Sony Xperia SP And Xperia L: A Forced Refresh

Evoking a hint of the Xperia Z design helps neither phone's case, being far lower specced and priced uncomfortably versus the flagship phone.

 

It is the Spring of 2013, and ready or not, it would seem a tired Sony had to show a "rejuvenated" phone line-up and pretend it is in the race to sell lots of smartphones. Thus Sony Mobile joined LG's L II series, in launching a couple of "new" premium smartphones that can command a high selling price, whether the specs are worthy or not.

Both the Xperia devices offer dual-core processors, an 8MP camera, 8GB internal storage, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), non-1080p displays and don't look very different from the (ostensible predecessor) Xperia P. They will be available worldwide in Red, Black and White colour variants, from Q2 2013.

Neither of the two will be available in India yet, but the expected pricing for the Xperia SP (Rs 30,000) and Xperia L (Rs 21,000) will make sure to turn you away from purchasing until a price drop occurs. The specifications are as detailed below:

Sony Xperia SP
 - 4.6 inches, 1280x720 resolution (~319 ppi density) display
 - Capacitive multi-touch screen, 16M colours, scratch-resistant glass
 - 1GB of RAM
 - Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean)
 - 1.7 GHz dual-core ARM Krait Processor, Qualcomm MSM8960T
 - Adreno 320 GPU
 - 8 MP Rear Camera, LED flash, autofocus, 1080p video
 - VGA Front Camera
 - 8 GB internal storage (5.5 GB for user data)
 - microSD card slot for storage expansion upto 32GB
 - Accelerometer, proximity, compass sensors
 - Connectivity: Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS, FM radio, micro-USB
 - Networks: GSM quad-band, GPRS/EDGE, 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
 - 2370 mAh Li-ion battery
 - 155 grams weight

The Xperia SP carries a "co-moulded aluminium frame", and a colour-changing "transparent element" with customisable illuminations. This small strip of plastic at the front changes colour to alert you of incoming calls and text messages, or pulse to the beat of your music.

Sony Xperia SP And Xperia L: A Forced Refresh


Sony Xperia L
 - 4.3 inches, 854x480 resolution (~228 ppi density) display
 - Capacitive multi-touch screen, 16M colours, scratch-resistant glass
 - 1GB of RAM
 - Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean)
 - 1 GHz dual-core ARM Krait Processor, Qualcomm MSM8230
 - Adreno 305 GPU
 - 8 MP Rear Camera, LED flash, autofocus, 720p video
 - VGA Front Camera
 - 8 GB internal storage (5.5 GB for user data)
 - microSD card slot for storage expansion upto 32GB
 - Accelerometer, proximity, compass sensors
 - Connectivity: Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS, FM radio, micro-USB
 - Networks: GSM quad-band, GPRS/EDGE, 3G HSPA+, NO 4G LTE
 - 1750 mAh Li-ion battery
 - 137 grams weight

The two phones push all of the right buttons, in terms of Sony technology - Mobile Bravia Engine 2, Exmor RS sensor, 'Stamina' system for longer battery life, Walkman branded music player, access to Sony Movies and Album apps.

I doubt though, that design elements evoking a hint of the Xperia Z helps either phone's case. The specs are far more modest, besides the fact that the Xperia SP is priced uncomfortably close to the Xperia Z.

Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications said, "Xperia SP and Xperia L are ideally suited for those seeking stylish class-leading smartphones that don't compromise on features. Both of our new models benefit from Sony's proven innovation and engineering expertise – whether you want to enjoy premium HD quality entertainment over 4G LTE on our mid-range Xperia SP or capture every moment in perfect detail with our more affordable Xperia L."


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