Sony’s flashy Xperia SP goes on sale in the UK, comes with 4G LTE option

Xperia SPAnnounced in March, the Sony Xperia SP has now been released in the UK, and it’s available as a 3G phone through Orange and T-Mobile, or as a low-cost 4G device with EE. The phone is quite interesting, as it takes many of the best features from the former range-topping Xperia T and adds some cool new design tweaks.

It has a 4.6-inch Reality Display with a 720p resolution, an impressive 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed. The camera has 8-megapixels and uses the Exmor RS sensor, as seen on other far higher priced Sony smartphones, plus it shoots HDR stills. It also comes equipped with NFC, 8GB of internal storage memory, a microSD card slot, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0.

What makes the Xperia SP standout is the lightbar below the screen, which flashes to show notifications, and can be programmed to pulse in time with the music being played on the phone. At 155 grams, it’s not the lightest phone on the market though.

So, how much will you have to pay to get yourself an Xperia SP? With Orange, it’s free on all plans starting at £20 per month, and if you want a pay-as-you-go version, T-Mobile will take £250 from your wallet. However, on EE the Xperia SP is a 4G LTE phone, and it’s yours for free too, even on the cheapest £26 per month contract. If you do want the Xperia SP, EE, T-Mobile and Orange all indicate there will be a 30 day wait time before it arrives.

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