Sony Xperia SP

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Key Specs
  • Display 4.60-inch (720x1280)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Front Camera 0.3MP
  • Rear Camera 8MP
  • RAM 1GB
  • Storage 8GB
  • Battery Capacity 2370mAh
  • OS Android 4.1
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateMarch 2013

Sony Xperia SP Review

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Rich in features
  • Good build quality
  • Decent performance
  • Great battery backup
  • Bad
  • Screen appears washed out, offers below-average viewing angles
  • Low light photos appear grainy
  • Bulky

While Sony was able to generate some major buzz when it came to the forefront with its new flagship the Xperia Z, its mid-range line-up still needed a refresh. Although the Xperia P was a decent option from the company's Xperia NXT series, it didn't offer a large screen and had a low-capacity battery.

Sony Xperia SP Summary

Sony Xperia SP smartphone was launched in March 2013. The phone comes with a 4.60-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels.

Sony Xperia SP is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It comes with 1GB of RAM.

The Sony Xperia SP runs Android 4.1 and is powered by a 2,370mAh non-removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia SP on the rear packs 8-megapixel camera. It sports a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Sony Xperia SP based on Android 4.1 and packs 8GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Sony Xperia SP is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM card.

Connectivity options on the Sony Xperia SP include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.00, NFC, FM radioWi-Fi Direct, Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer.

The Sony Xperia SP measures 130.60 x 67.10 x 9.98mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 155.00 grams.

As of 16th July 2019, Sony Xperia SP price in India starts at Rs. 8,999.

Sony Xperia SP Price in India

Product Name Price in India
Sony Xperia SP (White, 1GB RAM, 8GB) 8,999
Sony Xperia SP (Black, 1GB RAM, 8GB) 21,490

Sony Xperia SP price in India starts from ₹ 8,999. The lowest price of Sony Xperia SP is ₹ 8,999 at Flipkart.

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Sony Xperia SP Full Specifications

Brand Sony
Model Xperia SP
Release date March 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 130.60 x 67.10 x 9.98
Weight (g) 155.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2370
Removable battery No
Screen size (inches) 4.60
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720x1280 pixels
Processor 1.7GHz dual-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 32
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Rear flash LED
Front camera 0.3-megapixel
Operating system Android 4.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 1
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Yes
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
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Sony Xperia SP User Review and Ratings

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  • Best midrange phone ever?
    Aravinda Krishna (May 9, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    Sony Xperia SP was launched in April, 2013 and I just bought it a few weeks ago, meaning that the model was almost a year old since its launch. However after going through benchmarks like Quadrant and Antutu, I was surprised to find that it performed equal or even better than the flagship models of 2013. The phone was recently updated from 4.1.2 to 4.3 JellyBean adding new features and new UI. However, I faced a lot of bugs after updating, but nothing serious that would prevent the daily usage of the phone. A KitKat update is likely given the phone's popularity, so that's good news for new buyers. The phone comes with a Dual Core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1 GB RAM. Don't be put off by the dual core processor as it performs better than many other quad core Snapdragon processors offering a smooth as silk experience. The 1 GB RAM is sufficient for day-to-day multitasking, however, a bit more RAM would have made a tremendous difference to the overall experience of the phone. The highlight of this phone, especially for gamers, would be the Adreno 320 GPU of the phone. This will easily play the latest high-end games and Full HD videos without lag or stuttering. The battery is a 2370mAh battery, lasting an entire day easily even with heavy usage. Further, day-to -day usage with Stamina mode ON would give you a whopping two full days of usage. Verdict: The best midrange phone out there for under 20k that punches above its weight.
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  • Great
    Nagarjuna Varada (Jul 16, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    Very beautiful and durable phone, good looking stylish performance is excellent its better to improve camera quality and front cam will be increased to min 2 mp for better viewing video calls.
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  • SONY XPERIA SP: M Loving it <3
    Sahil Prajapati (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I nevr recommended sony phones before because of dull screen..but wen I saw this phone in sony's shop it changed everything..this phone pulled me towards itself. Its design, the way it is crafted its awsome. I specially love the red color. Its main highlight is its transparent illumination panel, which gives the phone a floating look. Xperia SP has properly utilised the illumination bar's color changing ability. SP has an 8mp Xmor RS sensor which is great for photography, It has 1.7 ghz dual core snapdragon chipset with 320 gpu is great for gaming. This phone can easily put most of the quadcore phones to shame. Screen is 720p which is great for watching videos. It even supports full HD videos and now it can play all video formats thnks to sony. I have played asphalt 8, real racing 3, amazing spiderman 2, dead trigger 2 all work perfectly. There's no lag while using the phone. Music quality, video quality because of Bravia engine 2 and xloud are great. You'll love this phone frm the moment you see it. Its value for money. Specially those who want to buy a phone in price range of 18-20k this the best phone avaliable in market.Even sony's new Xperia T2 and xperia M2 are same like xperia SP. Even the antutu benchmarks show that Xperia SP is superior to all the phones in price range of 20-26k. And dats why i give it 5 stars. And recommend this phone for others.
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  • Very Good
    Chitrang Dani (Jun 19, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    For a normal smartphone usage it is an excellent piece. Plus the Timescape UI is beautiful :-) Fully satisfied with the product.
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  • Five Stars
    BM (Jul 23, 2017) on Amazon
    Excellent mid range phone at that time
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  • Great features at this price
    DheerajReddy (Nov 17, 2013) on Amazon
    A decent product from Sony for the segment this is positioned in. The best comparable phone for this is HTC Desire 600, the price of which is way above Xperia SP.This is a good phone in terms of features required for us to use day-to-day rather than just comparing with premium phones with too very high specs which we don't need. Go for this.. you will not regret.. Am not sure on Sony mobile service in India though!!!!!
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  • Excellent phone
    Rm (Nov 4, 2013) on Amazon
    It's been a few weeks since I've been using the phone. The phone Looks an feels more premium than other brand models in the same range, packs in a bundle of features. Processor, RAM and screen are more than sufficient for all my needs. Battery life is also pretty good. Overall an excellent buy.
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  • Fantastic
    Mrinal Barkataky (Sep 30, 2013) on Amazon
    I would say the best phone in its segment. Also in budget and not expensive like those higher range phones. The best part is it has all those premium features which probably a higher range phone has and at any moment you will not feel that it is a mid range phone.
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  • good phone Sony sp
    rushab (Nov 19, 2014) on Amazon
    I ordered the Sony sp 24th Oct at Amazon and they delivered me at 9th Nov delivery is to late but about Sony sp is a very good phone. I am using this phone from last10 days phone looks good. Processar is very fast for gaming and all there is no any Lag in this phone and camera is also a very good only one problem in this phone heating problem
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  • 7 Gig Dual Core performs well with games like Temple Run and Subway Surfer
    Prashant Nambiar (Nov 18, 2014) on Amazon
    The phone is a piece of art. With so many other phones there were released after this model the reason you can still go for this is its style factor. The notification light strip at the bottom is a killer. This 1.7 Gig Dual Core performs well with games like Temple Run and Subway Surfer. Phone functions well without any lag so far. The 8 MP camer is great. It even has a camera button that works like a real camera button allowing you to half press to focus and then full press for the click! The camera flash has a fill light option which provides for a soft lighting when you would otherwise avoid flash. There is no news of upgrade from Sony to Kit Kat for this phone although custom ROMs are available. Overall its a great phone to own if you want a premium looking phone which is a style statement in itself although may not be running the latest version or may not be part of the multi core wars.
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