of the Xperia SP and Xperia L being listed for preorders by as many as four UK retailers, a supposedly original press render of the Xperia SP, also known as C530X - 'Huashan' is now doing the rounds on Chinese sites, according to a report
by the Xperia Blog.
The phone features the same design as seen in the Xperia Z but a more compact form factor. However, one can't really make out the exact size of the phone from this render. The phone sports the same aluminum round power button that we've seen in the Xperia Z. The placement of the keys on the side are different, and the phone adds another key in addition to the volume rocker and the power button. Another major difference is that that the white coloured model has a white front, and there's a small strip towards the bottom. Also, we couldn't find the presence of any protective flaps and the material used in the frame looks pretty different from that used in the Xperia Z. The home screen looks similar though.
This is not the first time that the phone's images have made an appearance online. Earlier this year, another set of images were leaked
on a German forum. The render looks similar to the images except that it's white in colour.
According to earlier rumours, the Xperia SP is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chipset with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 320 graphics. As per the rumours, this smartphone will sport a 4.6-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera and 8GB of internal storage. It is expected to run Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, sporting firmware version 12.0.A.0.298 and the 3.4 kernel, as evident from previous leaks.
The phone is expected to debut at Sony's upcoming press event in Moscow on 18 March.