Sony Xperia Z Gets “Cheaper Version,” Price And Release Date Unveiled
Sony adds new mid-range devices to expand its Android smartphone market share. The new Xperia SP was unveiled.
Article written by Kevin Go – We’re not used to seeing mid-range smartphones that sport batteries larger than 1,700mAh so we were definitely surprised when we found out that Sony’s new ‘mid-range’ Xperia SP smartphone boasts hardware that can probably trounce that of Google’s flagship LG Nexus 4 — okay, that’s a bit of an overstatement but the Xperia SP’s spec sheet is really quite impressive.
The Xperia SP, unlike the quad-core equipped Sony Xperia Z, is rocking a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8960T) processor clocked only, but it is clocked at 1.7 gigahertz (with the Adreno 320 graphics) — enough to keep things done. The handset also features a 4.6-inch ‘super-sensitive’ LCD display with a resolution of 1,280 by 720 that can detect touches even when you’re wearing gloves. There is, of course, the obligatory Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2.0 image enhancement, an 8 megapixel main camera with the Exmor RS sensor and finally, a sizable 2,370mAh battery.
Speaking of the battery, we won’t be surprised if the Xperia SP can last users up to two full days of average use since its dual-core processor will certainly demand less amount of power compared to quad-core solutions. Its 8 megapixel shooter on the other hand is capable of taking High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, panorama and full high-definition videos.
From a build quality standpoint, the Xperia SP doesn’t disappoint, boasting an aluminum frame and Sony’s NXT design language, the SP screams solid build quality in every corner. Oh! Let’s not forget about the phone’s stylish illuminated transparent strip below the display which doubles as a notification LED, the colors are user-customizable too.
The Sony Xperia SP is target at the Asian and European markets with a rumored price tag of $388 (converted from Euros), a scheduled release within the second quarter of this year is to be expected.
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