Review Sony Xperia SP

Review Sony Xperia SP

It took some time for the Japanese corporation to successfully return to the mobile market. Sony Xperia Z sells very well. Now the mid-segment boost should go to the Sony Xperia SP.

A good screen and a powerful chipset will allow the new smartphone to survive in a ruthless battle in this price category.

The main disadvantages:

  • the screen has small viewing angles;
  • quite heavy and not very thin;
  • non-removable battery;
  • In this price category, the gadget will have to compete with a number of 4-core devices.

Appearance and management

Sony Xperia SP comes in the same box as the Xperia Z / ZL. Inside you'll find an A / C adapter, USB cable and headphones.

Package Contents Sony Xperia SP

The dimensions of the device are 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm, so it cannot be called compact. Also, the smartphone is quite heavy – 155 grams, but here you can make a reduction to the metal frame, which increases the weight. In general, this is not the most convenient smartphone used.

At the same time, the gadget has an attractive design: a beautiful matte plastic on the back cover and an aluminum frame.

Not only does the plastic on the back cover look good, but it feels strong and sits tightly in your hand, meaning it doesn't slip.

But, of course, the most characteristic element of the Xperia SP is the transparent strips from its base. Starting with last year's NXT line, Sony introduced an LED as a light strip. Although this feature is not particularly innovative, it allows you to stand out among many smartphones.

This bar can be highlighted when the Walkman music player plays music, blinks a certain color depending on who is calling and so on.

The Sony Xperia SP has a fairly standard set of controls: the virtual buttons at the bottom of the display, the front camera, the speaker, the light sensors and the proximity sensors are above the screen.

On the left side of the phone is a microUSB port. The lack of a protective cap on it makes it easier to use, but at the same time, the connector gets dirty faster.

On the right side is the volume knob paired at the top, the power button on / off, and a two-stage camera shutter button, which allows you to conveniently control your smartphone's photo features.

Right end Sony Xperia SP

At the top there is only a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The bottom end is devoid of any functional elements.

Sony Xperia SP bottom end


  • 1 Performance and software
  • 2 display
  • 3 camera
  • 4 battery
  • 5 the cost

Performance and software

The Sony Xperia SP uses the Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Pro chipset, which includes a 1.7 GHz Krait 2-core processor and an Adreno 320 GPU, so you can expect good performance when it comes to graphics.

RAM – 1 GB, internal memory – 8 GB, of which 5.8 GB will be available to users. There is a microSD card slot.

Operating System – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

As I said before, the Xperia SP is a mid-range device due in large part to its 2-core processor, although the clock speed is quite high – 1.7 GHz. As a result, the Benchmark Pi test showed very good results.

As for testing the multi-threaded processor, Xperia SP expects to stay behind most 4-core processors, though not much.

AnTuTu for Sony Xperia SP

Dial for Sony Xperia SP

Interestingly, our smartphone scored more points in the GeekBench 2 test than the Sony Xperia ZL.

We also tested the phone at a fixed resolution in the GLBenchmark standard. Adreno 320 GPU is currently one of the most powerful mobile GPUs.

Also, the Sony Xperia SP smartphone has been tested in Epic Citadel.

The Google Chrome browser became faster after the last update, so the SunSpider test showed a result of 1116 ms, which is a record among Sony devices.

In the BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo tests, the smartphone also showed excellent results.

The gadget supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS, 3G and LTE networks.


The Sony Xperia SP comes with a 4.6-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, which is the norm for the middle segment of smartphones. The pixel density is 319 ppi, which is enough to enter Retina display territory.

The TFT screen is based on Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology, which increases contrast, clarity, reduces noise and saturates colors to make them more pleasing to the eye. Brightness levels are pretty good.

One of the disadvantages is that the smartphone has quite small viewing angles.

The availability of Xperia SP in the sun is also mediocre. This means that, in bright light, it is very difficult to work with the phone.


Sony Xperia SP is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera, which can take pictures with a maximum resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. However, if you use default enhanced auto mode, you can get photos with a resolution of 3104×2328 pixels, which corresponds to 7 megapixels. There is an LED flash.

The difference between enhanced automatic modes and normal automatic modes is that the gadget tries to determine what kind of scene it is shooting and adjusts the camera accordingly. This includes color saturation, contrast, counting mode. In normal mode, only exposure is set automatically, but it allows you to experiment with the rest of the settings if you want.

When shooting in enhanced mode, you can also intervene in settings if you don't like something.

The Xperia SP smartphone can have face recognition, smile shutter, geotagging, touch capture and HDR.

The phone's camera usually offers super-saturated colors, medium dynamic range and good contrast.

If you switch to normal auto mode, you can get photos that look more natural, not over-saturated.

Sony Xperia SP capable of shooting video with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels with a frequency of 30 frames per second. The gadget suggests use for recording HDRwhich is rarely offered on smartphones.

What has become a disappointment for us is that when you record videos, you can capture photos, but only with a 1 megapixel resolution.

Overall, the video shows great details. The speed is about 17 Mbps, which is a good compromise between quality and file size.

The benefits of HDR mode are not very visible, but you can still see that it adds some detail in bright areas.

There is also a front VGA camera.


The rear panel of the smartphone is removable, but you still won't have access to the 2370 mAh battery. Under the cover you can see the microSIM and microSD card slots.

In terms of battery life, the gadget shows very good results. So, in our test, the smartphone was able to run 51 hours without recharging, while using one hour per day for phone calls, web browsing and video watching.

If we consider these indicators separately, then Xperia SP managed to operate up to 19 hours 49 minutes in 3G network conversation mode, up to 6 hours 18 minutes in web browsing mode and up to 7 hours 27 minutes in view mode video.

the cost

The cost of Sony Xperia SP smartphone in the Russian market is 17,990 rubles.

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