The Sony Xperia Z has been released to critical acclaim, and now it's time for Sony to announce the phone's new lower-end stablemates. On March 18th, Sony delivered the Xperia SP and the Xperia L.
The Xperia SP is probably the more interesting of the two phones, as its 'midrange' specifications and software are equivalent to the high-end phones of late last year. The phone includes a 4.6" display at 1280 x 720, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 running at 1.7 GHz and an 8 megapixel camera. Internal storage is still low though, at only 8 GB on board. This can be expanded via microSD, as with most phones with limited internal storage. The phone also supports most wireless standards, including 4G LTE cellular data, Wireless N, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The phone includes similarly dated software, coming with Android 4.1 instead of Android 4.2.
The SP's chassis is available in three colours: black, white and red. The all-aluminium build of the phone is similar to what we saw for the case of the Sony Xperia Z, but with one notable addition: the transparent light bar that was first introduced in the Xperia U after being featured as a pure design element in earlier models.
The Xperia L is a bit more boring, particularly to a specification nerd like me. There's a 4.3" 854 x 480 display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1 GHz, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless N and NFC. The rear camera is above average at 8 megapixels, while the internal storage is the same as the SP's at 8 GB expandable via microSD. There's no option for LTE connectivity here, though.
Both phones are set to be released in Europe and Asia by the end of June. We don't have specific price points for either phone yet, but don't expect them to stray too far from expected norms.
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