We’ve already been introduced to Sony’s top-of-the-range phone for the coming year, the Xperia Z, and its tablet counterpart, the Xperia Tablet Z. But what about Sony’s hardware which will be available at a slightly lower price point? Rather than launch them at Mobile World Congress, Sony has decided to wait until today to show the Xperia SP and Xperia L - two mid-range phones for 2013.
The Xperia SP has been built around an aluminium frame, and is just under 10mm thick and weighs 155 grams, with a cool customisable light element along the bottom of the phone. The Xperia SP has a 4.6-inch touchscreen with a 720p – that’s 1280 x 720 – pixel resolution, plus Sony’s BRAVIA Engine 2 for great contrast and brightness levels. The processor is a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon, while the camera is an 8 megapixel with HDR photo capabilities and the Exmor RS sensor.
As for the Xperia L, it has a 4.3-inch screen with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and the same 8 megapixel camera as the Xperia SP. Both come with 8GB of internal storage memory, a microSD card slot, NFC and software such as Sony’s Walkman music app. The Xperia L is a little slimmer than the Xperia SP at 9.7mm and lighter too, at 137 grams. Both phones will be available in black, white and red.
Aside from these technical differences between the two, the Xperia SP will connect to 4G LTE networks, while the Xperia L must make do with a 3G connection. Sony has said the pair will be launched in Europe and Asia before the summer, but hasn’t given any pricing information. Perhaps by the time the Xperia SP goes on sale here, there will be a few more 4G LTE options aside from EE from which to choose.