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Sony Xperia SP

Born from the same mould as its brother, the Sony Xperia S, the Sony Xperia SP is a smartphone that makes your time worthwhile. Sleek styling and a futuristic outer façade give this phone a sense of class and elegance. With specs that are higher than expected for such a low price, Sony has outdone itself with the Xperia SP. Find out more about this awesome smartphone below.

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Sony Xperia SP from the inside out

When looking for a smartphone in Singapore, we tend to look for specs that will complement our lifestyles. The Sony Xperia SP is the one phone that exceeds expectations when it comes to usability and overall design. Let’s start with the outer characteristics. Typical of all Sony smartphones, the XP is equipped with a versatile casing. You have 3 options for colours; red, white and black. On the front, the Corning Gorilla Glass protects your device from shock and scratches. An 8 MP f/2.4 autofocus camera on the back of the device comes with LED flash.

The camera app also comes with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR and panorama options. You can even record video at 1080p@30fps. The secondary camera is a VGA camera. To add to this, the TFT capacitive touchscreen works well with 16M colours and a size of 4.6 inches, giving you vivid and bright imaging. Typical of Sony Xperia models, you’ll find the physical buttons embedded on the right side of the device for easy access.

Features you will be proud off

On the inside, the Sony Xperia SP shows off with performance-enhancing specs. Running on the Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) that is upgradable to v4.3 (Jelly Bean), this nippy smartphone gets all your processes going in an instant. Throw in the Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with the Adreno 320 GPU and Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU, the power is boosted up for optimum speeds. The phone supports 8GB internal storage with 1GB RAM and a microSD slot for external memory up to 32GB.

Other features include A-GPS, NFC, Stereo FM radio, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and other basics such as SMS, MMS, Email and MP3/MP4 capabilities. To top it off, battery power is steady with the Li-ion 2370 mAh battery pack that keeps the device powered throughout usage. Standard talk tune on a full charge goes up to 10 hours 25 minutes on 2G and up to 19 hours on 3G while standby time is up to 635 hours. Overall, the Sony Xperia SP is one smartphone you will definitely want to consider.

Expert Reviews

Reviewed on 2015-03-30
Although it's technically a mid-range phone, the Sony Xperia SP gives the high-end Android handsets a run for the money. For starters, it looks absolutely stunning.Some might see its plastic back as a step down from rear glass panel used on the high-end S...
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Reviewed on 2014-07-22
Design and build quality, Raw performance, Low light camera performanceLittle bit heavy, Front VGA camera and Back MP shooter (Better in ROM), Camera is capable upto 0p recording only
SONY XPERIA SPAfter Samsung, Sony is now one of the largest smartphones maker. They have gained a huge market share after releasing Xperia Z at 2012 and thereafter Z1 and Z2. Sony is well known for its classy design and for good hardware offering in Mid r...
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Reviewed on 2014-05-20
The first thing I noticed when unboxing the red Sony Xperia SP was its striking appearance; with a rich red polycarbonate casing and a soft touch finish, the device really has a premium look and feel about it.I also like the clear plastic strip that appea...
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Reviewed on 2014-02-06
Sony Xperia SP is an amazing budget smart phone from Sony packed with some amazing features and quite a powerful hardware. Priced affordably it is a phone that make you more than satisfied with its design, brilliant display, stunning camera, interface and...
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Reviewed on 2014-02-06
With all the smart phone brands, trying to create the best phone in the market, Sony has been keenly concentrating on budget phones packed with features on the lower-range. Priced affordably it is a phone that make you more than satisfied with its design,...
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Reviewed on 2014-01-17
Wellbuilt, attractive design, Good allaround camera performance, Capable performerUnderwhelming display, Only 8GB of internal storage, Terrible WiFi range
Sony's Xperia Z took the company into the big leagues this year: the company finally has a handset that turns heads and can compete with the established Galaxy and One brands. The Z and its plainer ZL variant weren't the only bullets in the Xperia revolve...
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Reviewed on 2014-01-14
2013 has come to a close, but as we usher in the new year, let us take a look at last year's best gadgets – a complete rundown of noteworthy smartphones, tablets and laptops. Last year was a blockbuster year of technology, with new devices coming out once...
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Reviewed on 2014-01-02
The Sony Xperia SP is a mid-range smartphone, sharing many similar features to its big brother, the Xperia Z. Agent Collins gives his verdict.Sony's mobile phones have gone from strength to strength recently, reinforcing its long-standing reputation as a ...
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Reviewed on 2013-10-31
Illuminated strip for notifications, Quality manufacturing and finish, Decent responsiveness in the OS, 4G and NFC, Great battery life, Big screen with great image and high resolution, MicroSD card readerOn the heavy side, Mediocre camera, Doesn't natively support many video file formats, Viewing angles, Nonremovable battery
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Reviewed on 2013-10-24
Has an impressive HD screen and high resolution display, Comes loaded with a powerful configuration, Is provided with a full featured camera, The battery backup is extremely powerfulHas a poor front camera, Internal storage in quite less
Sony Xperia SP is a mid range Smartphone designed by company for people who want some novelty in their device without actually wanting the high-end power horse of a phone.A mid range offering from the Japanese brand, this latest from Sony comes bundled wi...
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Reviewed on 2013-10-06
Following our 2014 Flagships shootout, we decided something was lacking. Not everyone can afford flagship phones, or simply are more budgetconscious, and so we've decided to launch our second shootout for 2014 smartphones: midrange offerings, Most people...Following our 2014 Flagships shootout, we decided something was lacking. Not everyone can afford flagship phones, or simply are more budgetconscious, and so we've decided to launch our second shootout for 2014 smartphones: midrange offerings
Following our 2014 Flagships shootout , we decided something was lacking. Not everyone can afford flagship phones, or simply are more budget-conscious, and so we've decided to launch our second shootout for 2014 smartphones: mid-range offerings.Most peopl...
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Reviewed on 2013-09-27
Ever since Sony Ericsson rebranded to Sony , the company has released gorgeous handsets . The Sony Xperia SP , a mid-range Android phone, is a good looking device, although not as pretty looking as the newer Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z1 phones. As a m...
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Reviewed on 2013-09-07
Sony has gone from a name that makes the odd Android device to a sizable player in the Android market. There's certainly room for improvement however, as they need to work their way into the United States. The Xperia Z was a great device for Sony to kick ...
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Reviewed on 2013-09-03
It's our full review of the Sony Xperia SP!We'll jump the gun a bit and go straight to our verdict. The Sony Xperia SP , based on our experience with it in the last week, is arguably the best smartphone as of this writing that you can buy in the Php14,000...
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Reviewed on 2013-08-31
A day without a mobile device can be equated to going out on a rainy day without an umbrella; or embarking on a long drive, without a set of spare tires. 1 cannot imagine a time where we won't make use of our smartphones. In this review we will be looking...
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Reviewed on 2013-07-18
high build quality, stable case, good display, high performance, decent battery life, latest Android Version 4.1reflective display surface, average main camera, narrow viewing angles
The Xperia SP is a sister model of the recently reviewed Xperia L . Apart from their size, the two models are quite similar. The Xperia SP features a bigger LC display ( 4.6-inch diagonal instead of 4.3-inch), a higher resolution ( 1280x720 pixels ins...
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Reviewed on 2013-07-15
It goes without saying that the trend these days are ultra large smartphones and they've been steadily increasing in size for the past two years. While Apple increased the display size of its iPhone from 3.5-inch to 4-inch last year, Android OS vendors ar...
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Reviewed on 2013-07-08
The Sony Xperia SP was an interesting handset to review. The only really fantastic Xperia I have picked up recently is the Xperia Z: that groundbreaking superphone that brought the magic back to Sony. When I started living with the Xperia SP, I thought I'...
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Reviewed on 2013-07-05
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 a...
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Reviewed on 2013-07-03
With impressive internals and a unique design, is Sony's new mid-ranger as good as it appears on paper?Once an underdog in the Android world, Sony Mobile put out a strong showing earlier in the year with smartphones like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. Wit...
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Processor frequency

1.7 GHz

Processor family


Processor model



Display diagonal

11.7 cm (4.6")

Display resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

Orientation sensor
Display type


Display number of colours

16.78 million colours

Touch technology


Touch screen type


Ports & interfaces

USB port
USB connector type

Micro-USB B

Headphone connectivity

3.5 mm

Weight & dimensions


155 g


6.71 cm


9.98 mm


13.1 cm


SIM card capability

Single SIM

SIM card type


2G standards


3G standards


Wi-Fi standards

802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth version


Bluetooth profiles


2G bands (primary SIM)

850,900,1800,1900 MHz

Tethering (modem-mode)
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Security algorithms



Internal storage capacity

8 GB

Internal RAM

1024 MB

Compatible memory cards

microSD (TransFlash)

Maximum memory card size

32 GB

USB mass storage


Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
GPS (satellite)
Wi-Fi positioning


Operating system installed


Operating system version



Rear camera resolution (numeric)

8 MP

Auto focus
Built-in flash
Front camera
Front camera resolution (numeric)

0.3 MP

Digital zoom


Face detection
Video recording
Video recording modes


Image stabilizer
Flash type


Smile detection


Battery capacity

2370 mAh

Talk time (2G)

10.75 h

Standby time (2G)

697 h

Talk time (3G)

13.25 h

Standby time (3G)

706 h

Continuous audio playback time

44.5 h

Continuous video playback time

8.5 h


Form factor


Colour of product



Video call
Personal info management (PIM)

Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list

Flight mode

Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets

Microphone mute


Subscription type

No subscription