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Sony Xperia SP review

A mid-range marvel with a massively impressive spec list

Our Verdict

The excellent camera and range of connectivity that includes NFC and 4G go hand-in-hand with a great design and a screen size that will be just right for someone that doesn't want a high-end 5-inch monster.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 1 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 12.1 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720

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For

  • Attractive aluminium design
  • Full-featured camera
  • Media apps are a highlight
  • Impressive HD screen

Against

  • Average processor
  • Low storage space
  • Battery drains quickly
  • Redundant Sony online services

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Sony Xperia SP review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia S
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time7.50 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)144 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density342 ppi
Height128 mm
Width64 mm
Depth10.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA S Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia S
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1257-2734
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience watch. Experience capture. Experience play. In full HD, all with the Xperia S smartphone.

Snap, share and view life's greatest hits on the crisp, clear 4.3 HD touchscreen. Escape into blockbuster movies, hit music and PlayStation games. It's all a few clicks away with the Sony Entertainment Network on your Xperia S smartphone. But don't keep all the fun to yourself - share it on your TV, straight from your HD mobile. Sony Entertainment Network with Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are not available in every market.