Sony Xperia SP

79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

Sony Xperia SP review: lights, camera, performance

Summary

An understated, but good-looking LTE device that delivers outstanding performance at a fair price.

Pros
  • Well-built, attractive design
  • Good all-around camera performance
  • Capable performer
Cons
  • Underwhelming display
  • Only 8GB of internal storage
  • Terrible WiFi range
Sony Xperia SP review: lights, camera, performance

Sony's Xperia Z took the company into the big leagues this year: the company finally has a handset that turns heads and can compete with the established Galaxy and One brands. The Z and its plainer ZL variant weren't the only bullets in the Xperia revolver for 2013, though. Back in March, the company announced the Xperia SP and Xperia L handsets to fall in line behind its flagship. While the L is undoubtedly targeted at the low end of the Android spectrum, the Xperia SP sits in a strange middle ground, with a 720p display and internals that rival the flagships of 2012. It's not some kind of Xperia S and P fusion, either. The design is vastly different from the sum of its moniker, although the transparent element that defined those devices makes a comeback here.

And thus, with intrigue, we must put the Xperia through its paces the Engadget way. Is it just another Android handset put out so there's something with the Sony name available at a lower price point than the Z? Is there anything other than a transparent piece of plastic to set it apart from the plethora of other touchscreen rectangles that live in the shadow of their top-tier peers? Instead of pondering the answers to those questions yourself, save time by heading past the break for our full review.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
9.0
Display
7.3
Battery life
7.4
Camera
6.2
Design and form factor
7.8
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Screen size
4.6 inches
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Screen size
4.6 inches
View Full Specs
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