Sony Announces Mid-Range Xperia SP And Xperia L

The new Sony Xperia SP looks a lot like the Xperia Z.

The new Sony Xperia SP looks a lot like the Xperia Z.

Sony has today announced two new mid-range smartphone that give fans a cheaper alternative to its flagship Xperia Z. They’re called the Xperia SP and the Xperia L, and both offer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Xperia SP is the slightly better model, with a 4.6-inch 720p display, and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera.

The device looks similar to the Xperia Z, only is a little more rounded and clearly not quite as refined. The light bar across the bottom also makes the device look a little less “high-end,” in my opinion.


In addition to the specifications mentioned above, the Xperia SP boasts a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, 8GB of internal storage, NFC connectivity, and LTE. It also has a microSD card slot, and Sony’s “Stamina” technology that promises to enhance your battery life.

The Xperia L looks a lot like last year’s Xperia T, with angled edges and a concave back. It has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, just like the Xperia SP, with a slightly slower 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and a slightly smaller 4.3-inch FWVGA display.


“Xperia SP and Xperia L are ideally suited for those seeking stylish class-leading smartphones that don’t compromise on features,” according Callum MacDougall, Sony’s director of Xperia marketing.

“Both of our new models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise — whether you want to enjoy premium HD quality entertainment over 4G LTE on our mid-range Xperia SP or capture every moment in perfect detail with our more affordable Xperia L.”

Both the Xperia SP and the Xperia L will be launching in Europe in the second quarter of 2013, and they’ll be available in black, white, and red.