Difference between Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia SP

Key difference: The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor. Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

Sony announced the launch of its most anticipated smart phone the Xperia Z in January. In March, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The phone is available with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with no word on if it is upgradeable to the 4.2 version. The phone has 8 GB worth of internal space, of which only 5.8 GB is available to the users; however, fret not Sony also offers a SD card slot that is expandable up to 32 GB.

For all the camera shutterbugs, the SP houses the 8MP Exmor RS camera that gives brilliant and sharp images in low-lighting, back-lighting and snaps shots with low noise. The camera also has features such as Superior Auto that uses Scene Recognition to automatically adjust the photo setting. Additionally, it also offers 16x digital zoom, autofocus and pulsed LED flash. One of the old features that have been revamped is the notification light from the Xperia P. The notification light has been added as a see through strip on the bottom of the handset. The notification light is customizable and the user can add different lights to different callers. The lights also changes pulse rate during songs. The notification light is visible on the both sides of the phone, making it easier to determine the caller through the light when the phone is placed faced down. The phone also offers aluminum power button the right panel and has also brought back the physical camera button. However, the phone isn’t able to record HDR video. Sony has not yet announced the prices and the launch dates for the phone.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, and GSMArena.com


Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia SP

Launch Date

February 2012

Q2 of 2013



Sony Mobile


128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm


4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen


1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)


Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass


144 grams

155 grams

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

4G Network


LTE availability depends on the market.


Timescape UI

Sony unified UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core


Adreno 220

Adreno 320


Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon


1 GB


SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Expandable Memory


Expandable up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.

Accelerometer, proximity, compass


GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB tethering, USB charging and USB High speed


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.



UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera



HD video recording (1080p)

1080p@30fps HD video recording, video stabilization

Camera Features

16x digital zoom, LED flash, Touchfocus, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, 3D Sweep Panorama, Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection, HDR for picture, Sweep Panorama, Flash - pulsed LED and photo light, Image stabilization, Geo-tagging, Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound

xLoud Experience, 3D surround sound, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis

MP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC

Video supported formats



Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

18 hours and 53 mins


2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours

734 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, White and Red


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML5, Adobe Flash



Stereo FM radio with RDS

FM Radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStation® Certified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Glove mode
  • Light effects
  • Transparent / Aluminum frame
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

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