We are looking at a more than reasonably powered and competitively priced smartphone with an HD screen, whose robust performance and capable hardware make it the hidden gem in Sony's growing lineup.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Specs summary

Screen
4.6"

The Sony Xperia SP's screen is 4.6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2370mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2370 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 30.6 days standby time, 625 minutes (2G), 1133 minutes (3G), 378 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


This fast, powerful phone is the perfect mid-range handset

from Expert Reviews ( )

The Sony Xperia SP is a fantastic phone. It has its flaws, but they’re not quite enough to stop it from being an outstanding mid-range handset. With all the speed and power of a high-end quad-core phone, it’s also brilliant value. It wins a Best Buy award.

The Sony Xperia SP is a fantastic phone. It has its flaws, but they’re not quite enough to stop it from being an outstanding mid-range handset. With all the speed and power of a high-end quad-core phone, it’s also brilliant value. It wins a Best Buy award.

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10/10

Excellent mid-range Google Android phone

from PC Advisor ( )

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks qui... More

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks quickly and take decent photos with at a price that won't break the bank, then you really should consider the Xperia SP.

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8/10

A good phone to browse the web, perform tasks quickly and take decent photos with at a price that won't break the bank

from PC Advisor ( )

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks qui... More

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks quickly and take decent photos with at a price that won't break the bank, then you really should consider the Xperia SP.

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8/10

A moderately priced smartphone that offers moderate performance

from The Inquirer ( )

The Sony Xperia SP is a reasonable Android smartphone boasting decent performance and battery life and all the inherent perks of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. However, the phone's ability to shine is hampered by a slightly dull display, an ordinary camera, not much internal sto... More

The Sony Xperia SP is a reasonable Android smartphone boasting decent performance and battery life and all the inherent perks of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. However, the phone's ability to shine is hampered by a slightly dull display, an ordinary camera, not much internal storage and less than stellar software additions.

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7/10

For the budget-conscious customer that wants to get the most bang for the buck

from Android Authority ( )

The Sony Xperia SP is available for roughly US $500 unlocked, which is a decent price for a device in this class. The SP isn’t currently ranged by any American carrier, but it should come for $100 to $150 on a two year contract. Now for the big question – is it worth it? If you are a sp... More

The Sony Xperia SP is available for roughly US $500 unlocked, which is a decent price for a device in this class. The SP isn’t currently ranged by any American carrier, but it should come for $100 to $150 on a two year contract. Now for the big question – is it worth it?

If you are a spec fiend, there isn’t anything on the Xperia SP to get you excited. You’ll be better off with an Xperia Z (if you prefer Sony), Galaxy S4, or HTC One.

However, if you are a budget-conscious customer that wants to get the most bang for the buck, the Sony Xperia SP is an excellent choice. It costs far less than current high-end devices, and it’s able to hold its own respectably.

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The new mid-range marvel

from The Register ( )

The Xperia SP suffers from some of the same failings as the Xperia Z but also benefits from many of the same strengths. The difference is that the failings are fewer, and, at the price, more forgivable. The strengths, again at the price, are more gratifying. The large screen, top-notch build quality... More

The Xperia SP suffers from some of the same failings as the Xperia Z but also benefits from many of the same strengths. The difference is that the failings are fewer, and, at the price, more forgivable. The strengths, again at the price, are more gratifying. The large screen, top-notch build quality, impressive battery life, powerful yet efficient chipset and LTE radio are all very welcome on a handset you can pick up for £300.

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The SP is a very nice mid-range phone with some great features taken from the Z

from Coolsmartphone ( )

Since Sony took over the Ericsson side of the company they have been producing some great hardware,although their naming seems to be a little confusing to many, myself included. The SP is a very nice mid-range phone with some great features taken from the Z. I was impressed with the Bravia Engine 2... More

Since Sony took over the Ericsson side of the company they have been producing some great hardware,although their naming seems to be a little confusing to many, myself included.

The SP is a very nice mid-range phone with some great features taken from the Z. I was impressed with the Bravia Engine 2 screen technology and the Exmor RS lens. It also took some of the same design hints including that power button that sticks out a little.

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An understated, but good-looking LTE device that delivers outstanding performance at a fair price

from Engadget ( )

The Xperia SP is by no means perfect. It's got a grime- and glare-loving screen that misses the mark despite its HD resolution. Other problems: a penchant for bloatware and other small flaws like the terrible WiFi reception. The design may be a little bland for those who aren't interested in the tra... More

The Xperia SP is by no means perfect. It's got a grime- and glare-loving screen that misses the mark despite its HD resolution. Other problems: a penchant for bloatware and other small flaws like the terrible WiFi reception. The design may be a little bland for those who aren't interested in the transparent element, but the build quality is solid. Also to its credit are the capable shooter, long battery life and internal hardware that delivers serious performance for the price point.

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Good mid-range Android smartphone, especially if you want a phone that offers a good battery backup

from NDTV ( )

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range Android smartphone, especially if you want a phone that offers a good battery backup. Even performance wise, it does pretty well when it comes to doing day-to-day tasks and even playing medium to high end games, thanks to its Adreno 320 GPU. However, at an ask... More

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range Android smartphone, especially if you want a phone that offers a good battery backup. Even performance wise, it does pretty well when it comes to doing day-to-day tasks and even playing medium to high end games, thanks to its Adreno 320 GPU.

However, at an asking price of around Rs.25,000, we feel that the phone has been priced a bit on the higher side as we were disappointed with its screen and the camera's low-light performance.

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7/10

You get a good display and a device that will showcase the fun of Android nicely

from Pocket-lint ( )

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range phone. There's power and flexibility on board and there's the performance to back it up, aside from a few minor quirks. The design of the handset is good too with the metal frame giving the SP a nice solid feel. We're not sold on the flashing bar however, it j... More

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range phone. There's power and flexibility on board and there's the performance to back it up, aside from a few minor quirks.

The design of the handset is good too with the metal frame giving the SP a nice solid feel. We're not sold on the flashing bar however, it just seems a little too much at times, especially when you're lying awake at night, watching it illuminate your bedroom.

The camera performance isn't great. Although there's a lot on offer, it just doesn't seem to all come together and give you the good shots you'd sometimes expect, with focusing being the thing that frustrated us the most.

However, the Sony Xperia SP is reasonably priced and for that you get a good display and a device that will showcase the fun of Android nicely, with a battery that will get you through the day.

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8/10

Worst Phone I ever owned

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While using the Sony Companion computer update, I was told after many hours of trying to upgrade that I needed an older version of windows to complete the upgrade. After finding a computer with Windows 7 and upgrading, I have lost most of my text messaging alerts and was told by Sony chat line that... More

While using the Sony Companion computer update, I was told after many hours of trying to upgrade that I needed an older version of windows to complete the upgrade. After finding a computer with Windows 7 and upgrading, I have lost most of my text messaging alerts and was told by Sony chat line that this has been happening and they currently do not have a way to fix the phone. When I requested a different phone from my service provider, they said that this is a Sony problem and would not exchange phones

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4/10

GREAT phone, but cheap

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Its got a good processor (1.7g) and ok ram (1g). these are some of the tech specs. I like this phone because it cheaper and not bad. now I mean if you are a person that does constant high performce then you need to look at the lg g2, or the nexus 5. as I said the if you want high performce then look... More

Its got a good processor (1.7g) and ok ram (1g). these are some of the tech specs. I like this phone because it cheaper and not bad. now I mean if you are a person that does constant high performce then you need to look at the lg g2, or the nexus 5. as I said the if you want high performce then look at something different, but that being said the sony sp will still run some of the most challenging tasks. so it will run real racing 3, with a little lag BUT not that much. their is not much bad to say I mean the screen resolution is not bad( 720p),could be better. before I forget, I know some people are crazy about the cameras on phones, me I don't really care. but I know people like it so I will tell you that the sony sp has a 8mp camera. I would like to say that to make sure that the info I have put is correct go to (sonymobile.com), but think all is good. good pickens

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9/10