Sony Xperia SP

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Sony Xperia SP
CodenameHuaShan
BrandSony
ManufacturerSony Mobile
SloganPremium HD Smartphone From Sony
SeriesXperia
Compatible networks2G Network (C5302, C5303, C5306)
3G Network (C5302, C5303, C5306)
4G Network (C5303, C5306)
First released18 March 2013
Availability by Region26 April 2013 (Singapore)[1]
29 April 2013 (UK)[2]
17 July 2013 (Canada)[3]
PredecessorSony Xperia P
Sony Xperia sola
SuccessorSony Xperia T3
RelatedSony Xperia S
TypeSmartphone
Form factorBar
Dimensions130.6 mm (5.14 in) H
67.1 mm (2.64 in) W
9.98 mm (0.393 in)
Mass155 g (5.47 oz)
Operating systemAndroid JellyBean 4.1(first launched software)
Android JellyBean 4.3 is latest and final (Upgrade released) [4]
[5][6]
CPU1.7 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8960T)
GPUAdreno 320
Memory1 GB RAM
Storage8 GB (5.8 user available)
Removable storagemicroSD support up to 32 GB
Battery2370 mAh
Data inputsTouch, Accelerometer
Display4.6 in (120 mm) TFT LCD display
1280x720 px (319 ppi)
Rear cameraMP with LED flash 1080p video recording @ 30 frames/s 16x digital zoom, Exmor RS sensor, HDR
Front camera0.3 megapixels (VGA)
ConnectivityNFC, MHL, Wi-Fi Direct

The Sony Xperia SP (codenamed "HuaShan") is a mid-range smartphone from Sony Mobile. It was announced on 18 March 2013.[7] It is powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor. It has 1 GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera with Exmor RS sensor and a 4.6-inch reality display with a 720p resolution with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2.

Design[edit]

Sony used co-moulding technology to create a unique solid design. Featuring a design similar to its predecessor, the Xperia SP has an aluminium frame with a plastic polycarbonate removable back and a transparent strip that run across the bottom of the device. The transparent strip acts as the antenna of the phone, notification led bar and also illuminates when music is being played.[8]

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The Xperia SP features a 4.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, displaying 319 pixels per inch and features Sony's Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 for better image and video viewing and protected by Corning Gorilla glass. The phone comes with an 8-megapixel camera capable of 16 times digital zoom, HD 1080p video recording, HDR for images and it features Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor. It also features a 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera.[9]

On the inside, the Xperia SP comes with a 1.7 GHz dual-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1GB of RAM (768MB usable on Android 4.1, 839MB usable on Android 4.3[10]), 8GB of internal storage (5.8GB usable), microSD support up to 32GB and a 2,370mAh battery.[11]

Software[edit]

The Xperia SP comes preloaded with Sony's version of Android JellyBean 4.1 with some notable applications additions such as Sony's media applications (Walkman, Albums, Movies) and Sony Select. Featuring NFC, the device is able to mirror what is on the smartphone screen to compatible TVs or play music wireless on a NFC speaker. Several Google applications (like Google Chrome, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google search, Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude, Google Talk application) also comes preloaded with the device. For connectivity, the phone supports LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA MHL support and it is also PlayStation Certified.

Software update[edit]

On 16 January 2014, Sony revealed through its official Twitter account that the update to Android JellyBean 4.3 will be rolled out from end of January or early February for the Xperia SP along with Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V update.[12] On 11 February 2014, Sony started rolling the update in Australia and eventually to other markets.[13] The software support page was recently changed from Android 4.4 KitKat under investigation to Android 4.3 Latest & final version, meaning the Xperia SP will not be upgraded above the current android version officially.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Page Not Found (404)". CNET. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Xperia SP available in the UK; T-Mobile has it for £249.99 on PAYG". xperiablog.net.
  3. ^ "Sony Xperia SP hitting Canada this summer". androidcentral.com. 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ Taynan Moraes. "On Android Jelly Bean 4.3…". Sony Xperia (Global UK English).
  5. ^ Inoyori, Ryan (2014-07-11). "Sony Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia V Android 4.4.4 KitKat: Top 3 Things You Should Know About". International Business Times. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
  6. ^ "software updates – Sony Xperia™ SP support (English)". Sony Xperia (Global UK English).
  7. ^ "Xperia™ SP". Sony Mobile.
  8. ^ Parsons, Jeff (31 May 2013). "Sony Xperia SP review". Tech Radar. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Xperia™ SP White paper" (PDF). Sony.
  10. ^ "device-2014-01-09-004141". Flickr - Photo Sharing!.
  11. ^ "Sony official website specifications". Sony official website. Sony Mobile. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  12. ^ Parsons, Jeff (16 January 2014). "SonyMobile". Sony. Twitter. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Sony Xperia SP Android 4.3 Update Released". Sony. Twitter. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.

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