In a move to bolster its mid-range offerings, handset maker Sony has just announced two new handsets to its range. The two new handsets are the Xperia SP and the Xperia L. It’s interesting to see how handsets with 4.6 inch and 4.3 inch displays are being fast pushed in to the mid-range segments. These screen sizes were not long ago available only on top of the line, flagship devices.
Let’s now delve in to the features list on these two devices. We start with the Xperia SP.
Positioned above the Xperia L, this one packs in a 4.6 inch 720p display. It also boasts of Sony’s proprietary Bravia Engine 2. The internal storage capacity is 8GB of which just 5.8 GB user-accessible. That however shouldn’t be a cause of concern since the handset supports micro SD cards. At the time of announcement, it runs Android 4.1 and packs in a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Dual Core chip running at 1.7 Ghz. The camera is an 8 megapixel unit with auto focus, face detection and LED flash. As expected, there is a front facing camera as well. The handset supports UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz as well as LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20). Powering the handset is a 2370 mAh battery that should help it trundle along for an entire day of nominal usage.
Next up is the Xperia L which also gets an 8 megapixel camera. The display size has however been shrinked to 4.3 inches with the resolution too seeing a drop (854 x 480 pixels). Internal memory is again 8 GB with support for micro SD cards up to 32 GB. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and houses a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core processor. With the main camera, there is also a secondary VGA camera at the front as well. Connectivity options are comprehensive with support for aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, USB High speed 2.0 support, USB mass storage. Powering the Xperia L is a 1750 mAh battery.