Specs summary

Screen
4.6"

The Sony Xperia SP's screen is 4.6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2370mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2370 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 30.6 days standby time, 625 minutes (2G), 1133 minutes (3G).



We are looking at a more than reasonably powered and competitively priced smartphone with an HD screen, whose robust performance and capable hardware make it the hidden gem in Sony's growing lineup.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


Expert Reviews

This fast, powerful phone is the perfect mid-range handset

from Expert Reviews

The Sony Xperia SP is a fantastic phone. It has its flaws, but they’re not quite enough to stop it from being an outstanding mid-range handset. With all the speed and power of a high-end quad-core phone, it’s also brilliant value. It wins a Best Buy award.

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The Sony Xperia SP is a fantastic phone. It has its flaws, but they’re not quite enough to stop it from being an outstanding mid-range handset. With all the speed and power of a high-end quad-core phone, it’s also brilliant value. It wins a Best Buy award.

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Tech Advisor

Excellent mid-range Google Android phone

from Tech Advisor

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks...More

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks quickly and take decent photos with at a price that won't break the bank, then you really should consider the Xperia SP.

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Tech Advisor

A good phone to browse the web, perform tasks quickly and take decent photos with at a price that won't break the bank

from Tech Advisor

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks...More

The Sony Xperia SP has the spec and price of a mid-range Android smartphone, but when you actually get the device in your hands and start using it any ideas of it being mediocre go out of the window. It really is a class act, so if you're looking for a good phone to browse the web, perform tasks quickly and take decent photos with at a price that won't break the bank, then you really should consider the Xperia SP.

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The Inquirer

A moderately priced smartphone that offers moderate performance

from The Inquirer

The Sony Xperia SP is a reasonable Android smartphone boasting decent performance and battery life and all the inherent perks of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. However, the phone's ability to shine is hampered by a slightly dull display, an ordinary camera, not much internal...More

The Sony Xperia SP is a reasonable Android smartphone boasting decent performance and battery life and all the inherent perks of its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. However, the phone's ability to shine is hampered by a slightly dull display, an ordinary camera, not much internal storage and less than stellar software additions.

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Android Authority

For the budget-conscious customer that wants to get the most bang for the buck

from Android Authority

The Sony Xperia SP is available for roughly US $500 unlocked, which is a decent price for a device in this class. The SP isn’t currently ranged by any American carrier, but it should come for $100 to $150 on a two year contract. Now for the big question – is it worth it?

If you are a spec fiend, there isn’t anything on the Xperia SP to get you excited. You’ll be better off with an Xperia Z (if you prefer Sony), Galaxy S4, or HTC One....

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The Sony Xperia SP is available for roughly US $500 unlocked, which is a decent price for a device in this class. The SP isn’t currently ranged by any American carrier, but it should come for $100 to $150 on a two year contract. Now for the big question – is it worth it?

If you are a spec fiend, there isn’t anything on the Xperia SP to get you excited. You’ll be better off with an Xperia Z (if you prefer Sony), Galaxy S4, or HTC One.

However, if you are a budget-conscious customer that wants to get the most bang for the buck, the Sony Xperia SP is an excellent choice. It costs far less than current high-end devices, and it’s able to hold its own respectably.

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The Register

The new mid-range marvel

from The Register

The Xperia SP suffers from some of the same failings as the Xperia Z but also benefits from many of the same strengths. The difference is that the failings are fewer, and, at the price, more forgivable. The strengths, again at the price, are more gratifying. The large screen, top-notch build qual...More

The Xperia SP suffers from some of the same failings as the Xperia Z but also benefits from many of the same strengths. The difference is that the failings are fewer, and, at the price, more forgivable. The strengths, again at the price, are more gratifying. The large screen, top-notch build quality, impressive battery life, powerful yet efficient chipset and LTE radio are all very welcome on a handset you can pick up for £300.

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Coolsmartphone

The SP is a very nice mid-range phone with some great features taken from the Z

from Coolsmartphone

Since Sony took over the Ericsson side of the company they have been producing some great hardware,although their naming seems to be a little confusing to many, myself included.

The SP is a very nice mid-range phone with some great features taken from the Z. I was impressed with the Bravi...More

Since Sony took over the Ericsson side of the company they have been producing some great hardware,although their naming seems to be a little confusing to many, myself included.

The SP is a very nice mid-range phone with some great features taken from the Z. I was impressed with the Bravia Engine 2 screen technology and the Exmor RS lens. It also took some of the same design hints including that power button that sticks out a little.

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Engadget

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

from Engadget

The Xperia SP is by no means perfect. It's got a grime- and glare-loving screen that misses the mark despite its HD resolution. Other problems: a penchant for bloatware and other small flaws like the terrible WiFi reception. The design may be a little bland for those who aren't interes...More

The Xperia SP is by no means perfect. It's got a grime- and glare-loving screen that misses the mark despite its HD resolution. Other problems: a penchant for bloatware and other small flaws like the terrible WiFi reception. The design may be a little bland for those who aren't interested in the transparent element, but the build quality is solid. Also to its credit are the capable shooter, long battery life and internal hardware that delivers serious performance for the price point.

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NDTV

Good mid-range Android smartphone, especially if you want a phone that offers a good battery backup

from NDTV

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range Android smartphone, especially if you want a phone that offers a good battery backup. Even performance wise, it does pretty well when it comes to doing day-to-day tasks and even playing medium to high end games, thanks to its Adreno 320 GPU.

However,...More

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range Android smartphone, especially if you want a phone that offers a good battery backup. Even performance wise, it does pretty well when it comes to doing day-to-day tasks and even playing medium to high end games, thanks to its Adreno 320 GPU.

However, at an asking price of around Rs.25,000, we feel that the phone has been priced a bit on the higher side as we were disappointed with its screen and the camera's low-light performance.

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Pocket-lint

You get a good display and a device that will showcase the fun of Android nicely

from Pocket-lint

The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range phone. There's power and flexibility on board and there's the performance to back it up, aside from a few minor quirks.

The design of the handset is good too with the metal frame giving the SP a nice solid feel. We're not sold on the flashing bar however, it just seems a little too much at times, especially when you're lying awake at night, watching it illuminate your bedroom....

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The Sony Xperia SP is a good mid-range phone. There's power and flexibility on board and there's the performance to back it up, aside from a few minor quirks.

The design of the handset is good too with the metal frame giving the SP a nice solid feel. We're not sold on the flashing bar however, it just seems a little too much at times, especially when you're lying awake at night, watching it illuminate your bedroom.

The camera performance isn't great. Although there's a lot on offer, it just doesn't seem to all come together and give you the good shots you'd sometimes expect, with focusing being the thing that frustrated us the most.

However, the Sony Xperia SP is reasonably priced and for that you get a good display and a device that will showcase the fun of Android nicely, with a battery that will get you through the day.

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Worst Phone I ever owned

While using the Sony Companion computer update, I was told after many hours of trying to upgrade that I needed an older version of windows to complete the upgrade. After finding a computer with Windows 7 and upgrading, I have lost most of my text messaging alerts and was told by Sony chat line that thi...More
While using the Sony Companion computer update, I was told after many hours of trying to upgrade that I needed an older version of windows to complete the upgrade. After finding a computer with Windows 7 and upgrading, I have lost most of my text messaging alerts and was told by Sony chat line that this has been happening and they currently do not have a way to fix the phone. When I requested a different phone from my service provider, they said that this is a Sony problem and would not exchange phones Less

GREAT phone, but cheap

Its got a good processor (1.7g) and ok ram (1g). these are some of the tech specs. I like this phone because it cheaper and not bad. now I mean if you are a person that does constant high performce then you need to look at the lg g2, or the nexus 5. as I said the if you want high performce then look at...More
Its got a good processor (1.7g) and ok ram (1g). these are some of the tech specs. I like this phone because it cheaper and not bad. now I mean if you are a person that does constant high performce then you need to look at the lg g2, or the nexus 5. as I said the if you want high performce then look at something different, but that being said the sony sp will still run some of the most challenging tasks. so it will run real racing 3, with a little lag BUT not that much. their is not much bad to say I mean the screen resolution is not bad( 720p),could be better. before I forget, I know some people are crazy about the cameras on phones, me I don't really care. but I know people like it so I will tell you that the sony sp has a 8mp camera. I would like to say that to make sure that the info I have put is correct go to (sonymobile.com), but think all is good. good pickens Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 30, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.63 W/kg
Body: 1.08 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2370 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 456 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 378 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 625 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1133 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 30.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red, White Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.7 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 155 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 319 pixels
Size 4.6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
16x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, HDR, Scene Recognition, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony C5303

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