PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia SP vs Galaxy S III

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com and pocket-lint.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Sony Xperia SP 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia SP  based on its performance, graphics and battery life.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia SP vs Galaxy S III

geekbench Processor and memory performance

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia SP
1,098 ms
Galaxy S III
1,192 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia SP
2,263
Galaxy S III
2,543

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
13.2 fps
Galaxy S III
3.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
32.4 fps
Galaxy S III
13.7 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia SP

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia SP

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Significantly better overall performance 2,105 vs 455 Around 4.8x better geekbench score
Faster graphics 13.2 fps vs 3.8 fps Around 3.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly longer standby time 41,760 min vs 11,952 min Around 3.5x longer standby time
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,370 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity
Back view of Samsung Galaxy S III

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Samsung Galaxy S III

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Faster web browser 2,543 vs 2,263 More than 10% better BrowserMark score
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 8 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Lighter 133 g vs 155 g Around 15% lighter
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 10 mm Around 15% thinner
Slightly bigger screen 4.8" vs 4.6" Around 5% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia SP  vs Galaxy S III 

8.0
9.3
When you combine the screen's vividness with the great contrast (black color that is completely black, not just very dark gray, as in LCD displays), multimedia consumption does get much more enjoyable, compared to the LCD experience.
Galaxy S III

8.0
9.0
Google also wanted to get in on the act, enabling you to rent movies at a slightly high price from Play Movies - and the selection isn't brilliant either.
Galaxy S III

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia SP  vs
Galaxy S III 
Size 4.6" 4.8"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 319 ppi 305 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 32 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.9 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Standby time 41,760 min 11,952 min
Capacity 2,370 mA·h 2,100 mA·h

form factor

Xperia SP  vs
Galaxy S III 
Weight 155 g 133 g
Thickness 10 mm 8.6 mm
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

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

connectivity

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