Difference between Sony Xperia SP and Samsung Galaxy S3

 

Key Difference: 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 Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2.

 

Almost every year a bunch of new phones and tablets are released and announced. The constant upgrade in technology ensures that people always have new products to purchase. However, it also increases the amount of decisions that a person has to make. Is the Blackberry worth the price or the new S4? Or is it better to go for another phone or an older model. All these decisions require a person to have a distinct comparison in front of them to allow them to decide which phone is worth the price and which phone is offering what features. The constant requirement for innovation has made technology quite expensive. Hence, it is always best to compare two or more devices before deciding to spend money on the latest gadget that is available on the market.

 

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 has 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 Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

 

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as an iPhone killer, with sales of over 30 million units. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. According to rumors, the phone is expected to be released in new colors in April.

 

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

 

Sony Xperia SP

Samsung Galaxy S3

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

May 2012

Company

Sony Mobile

Samsung Electronics

Size

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Display

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels

Protection

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2,

oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.

Weight

155 g

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE availability depends on the market.

LTE availability depends on the market.

GUI

Sony unified UI

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

Mali-400MP

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

1GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

Expandable up to 32 GB

microSD up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, proximity, gyro, barometer

Connectivity

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

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

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

Speed

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

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

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

VGA

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

1080p@30fps HD video recording, video stabilization

1080p@30fps, zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection
  • HDR for picture
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Flash - pulsed LED and photo light
  • Image stabilization
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization
  • Burst shot & Best photo
  • Recording snapshot
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

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

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

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

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

2100 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White and Red

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • 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
  • Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search
  • Maps
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Calendar
  • Google Talk
  • Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

 

 

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

Image Courtesy: samsung.com

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