Product Sony Xperia SP
Specifications 4.6in 720x1280 319ppi LCD touchscreen, dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait MSM8960T processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD card, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, 131x67x10mm, 155g
Price £350 SIM-free
PHONE MAKER Sony's Xperia SP handset follows the release of the Japanese firm's top end Xperia Z smartphone and targets the midrange market. With this phone Sony has attempted to pull the same trick Finnish phone maker Nokia did with its Lumia 720, loading the Xperia SP with custom technologies previously reserved for Sony's top-end handsets.
Design and build
While the Xperia SP doesn't have the IP57 certification of its top-end Xperia Z sibling - so it's not water, dust, or scratch resistant - we found the device is pretty well built. The Sony Xperia SP features a polycarbonate, slightly rubberised case that's complemented with an outer aluminium band along its sides. As well as making the phone look more expensive than it actually is, the chassis and metal trimming make the phone feel sturdy and well built. The finish gives the Xperia SP a slightly bouncy quality that left us feeling assured it could survive an accidental drop or two.