Sony introduces light-up Xperia SP and mid-range Xperia L

Xperia SP Xperia LSony has introduced two new smartphones to its 2013 range, the Xperia SP and Xperia L, but unlike the Xperia Z they’re aimed at those on a more sensible budget. First up is the Xperia SP, which is not unlike a top-end smartphone from last year, but the price won’t scare you as much.

It has a 4.6-inch Reality Display screen with a 720p resolution, plus Sony’s Bravia Engine 2 for realistic brightness and contrast. The processor inside is a very capable 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the operating system. Sony has added its Walkman music software into the mix, and the hardware is PlayStation Certified.

Finally, the 8 megapixel camera uses the Exmor RS for Mobile sensor, plus the phone has NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 4G LTE connectivity. As you’ll see in the video below, the Xperia SP has a light bar which glows when you get a new notification, plus it can be adapted to pulse in time to the beat of the music.

On to the Xperia L, which is not all that different to the Xperia SP, as it still uses Android 4.1, has NFC, GPS and an 8 megapixel camera. They both have the same 8GB storage capacity too. The Xperia L’s screen is slightly smaller at 4.3-inches with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution, while the processor is a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip.

Sony will launch both phones in Europe before the summer, and early pricing details puts the Xperia SP around £340, while the Xperia L will cost about £240. Buyers will be able to choose between a white, black or red colour scheme on each phone.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars