JAPANESE HARDWARE MAKER Sony's mid-range Xperia SP smartphone went on sale in the UK on Tuesday, priced at £250 on pay as you go.
The Sony Xperia SP was announced earlier this year as a cheap alternative to the firm's flagship Xperia Z smartphone. Sony hasn't cut back on too much either, configuring the Xperia SP with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz processor and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
There's also a 4.7in HD touchscreen onboard complete with Sony's Bravia screen technology, 8GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera and support for 4G LTE. The handset is available in two colours, black and white.
With specifications like those, it might surprise you to learn that Orange and T-Mobile have started selling the Sony Xperia SP today priced at just £249.99 on pay as you go, and Orange isn't even asking buyers to hand over the standard £10 top up. This price clearly has gone down well with potential buyers, as it looks like Orange has already run out of stock.
For those after 4G service, EE has also started selling the handset today, although its pricing isn't quite as low. A 24 month £26 contract comes with just 500MB of data, while for a more reasonable 1GB data allowance punters will have to sign up to a more expensive £41 tariff.
O2 and Three will also start selling the Sony Xperia SP later this month, although neither has started taking orders just yet. µ