Sony Xperia SP 

Released April, 2013
  • Android 4.3
  • 4G
  • 4.6"
  • Dual core 1.7 GHz
A nice touch is that you can pinch the display to make the thumbnails either smaller or larger depending on how you want them displayed.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
The smartphone is always responsive and performs nearly flawlessly when handling even heavy tasks, while even the most intensive 3D games run at excellent framerates.
by PhoneArena (May, 2013)
7.3 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia SP


Processing power and speed

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Xperia Z
Nexus 4
Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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Xperia Z
Nexus 4
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Xperia Z
Nexus 4
Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity


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Nexus 4
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PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Xperia Z
Nexus 4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia SP

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia SP
Xperia V

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia SP
1,098 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms
Xperia Z
1,336 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia SP
Xperia ZR

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
13.2 fps
Nexus 4
15.4 fps
Xperia Z
15 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
32.4 fps
Nexus 4
39.1 fps
Xperia Z
38.2 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia SP

1080p video captured using the main camera is of average quality at best, but at least it runs smoothly at 30 frames per second.

The result is a nice sharp display and plenty of space for Android to show off its talents.

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.


8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


We must also note that having a large screen with high resolution also makes sufring the web quite enjoyable.
by PhoneArena (May, 2013)
Display: The displays on Sony's smartphones have always been good, but rarely outstanding.
by PhoneArena (May, 2013)
Alternatively, you can click the tab at the top of the screen to display by album.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)


Google Play's simple interface is very easy to use and is separated into apps, games, movies, music, books and magazines.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
The way it looks is far more attractive than the standard Android music player found on other smartphones, and the interactive antenna is gimmicky but endearing.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
In the My music section, you can update your album art and music information like album, year released, and more.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)


The 8MP rear-facing camera on the Sony Xperia SP is understandably a few rungs below the Sony Xperia Z or the HTC One, but still manages to be an excellent substitute for an everyday compact camera.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Thanks to the proximity and accelerometer sensors, the Sony Xperia SP automatically disables the touchscreen when you lift it up during a call.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)
The camera performance isn't great.
by PocketLint (May, 2013)


The video player is dubbed Movies and it too has a new interface.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)
Sony has put a respectable 4.6-inch 720p display on the Xperia SP, which is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm MSM9860Pro chipset, 1GB of RAM, and Adreno 320 graphics.
by GSM Arena (Mar, 2013)
It's no 1080p beast, but at this size the difference is pretty hard to spot with a naked eye.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)


Take video streaming, for example, and you can expect to run the battery dry in about five hours if you've got the brightness and the audio cranked right up.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
The smartphone has a massive (for a mid-ranger) battery with a capacity of 2370mAh battery – enough to provide over 13 hours of 3G talk time or 7 hours and 30 minutes of continuous video playback on a single charge.
by PhoneArena (May, 2013)
The back panel of the Sony Xperia SP is user-removable, but even so you don't get access to the 2370 mAh battery.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 4.6"
Resolution 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 319 ppi


Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
Internal storage 8 GB
Supported card formats microSD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G
  1. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. LTE (100 Mb/s)
  6. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 793.8 min
Standby time 41,760 min
Standby time (3G) 42,336 min
Capacity 2,370 mA·h

form factor

Weight 155 g
Thickness 10 mm
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Android 4.3
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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