Difference between Sony Xperia SP and Sony Xperia L

 

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 Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM.

 

Smartphones have taken over the world! They have become a trend and a lifestyle. Smartphones are what we hear day in and day out. What phone does what? Which company is launching which phone? And so on. Sony Xperia SP and Xperia L are two different phones that have yet to arrive in the market. They are both by popular cell phone makers that have made a mark in cell phone technology. Sony is one of the key players in the smart phone market and has been launching innovative and eye-catching phones. The Xperia Z is the latest flagship phone that was announced, while the Xperia SP and Xperia L are toned down version of the Z along with many great features from older models.

 

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 Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM. It also has all the bells and whistles, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G HSPA connectivity, as well as NFC support. The NFC is integrated with a one-touch connection to external displays in order to allow for big screen playback of videos or photos. The phone does not however have LTE capability.

 

Still, its saving grace has to be its 8 MP camera, which uses Sony's latest mobile Exmor RS sensor and offers a built-in HDR mode for both stills and video. The Exmor RS sensor is supposed to improved clarity and color reproduction, while the HDR mode will allow for better pictures in various different kinds of lights.

 

The phone is powered by a 1900mAh battery and has a battery STAMINA Mode for optimizing power consumption. The phone is available in three colors: white, black and red. It also has an LED light on the bottom of the phone that can be customized to blink different colors to indicate an incoming phone call, a missed call or text message. The light can also be programmed to blink in correspondence with the rhythm of the song played on the built in Sony Walkman music player.  The phone also comes with pre-installed Sony apps called Walkman, Album, and Movies. These are part of a pre-loaded software suite that allows for consuming and sharing a vast library of multimedia content.

 

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

 

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia L

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

Q2 of 2013

Company

Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation

Size

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

Display

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

4.3 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

480 x 854 pixels (~228 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Scratch-resistant glass

Weight

155 g

137 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE availability depends on the market.

No

GUI

Sony UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

Dual-core 1 GHz

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 305

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon

RAM

1GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

Expandable up to 32 GB

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

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

aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, DLNA Certified, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol support, Micro USB support, Native USB tethering, NFC, Screen mirroring, Xperia Link, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

HSPA+

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

VGA

VGA

Video

1080p@30fps HD video recording, video stabilization

Yes, 720p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR

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
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Sweep panorama

Sound Enhancement

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

SNS integration, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

Audio supported formats

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

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/ WAV player

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.263/H.264/ WMV player

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Talk time

Up to 18 hours and 53 mins

Up to 8 hours 30 min

Stand-by

Up to 734 hours

Up to 498 hours

Available Colors

Black, White and Red

Black, White, Red

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML

HTML

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via 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
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Video streaming
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase
  • Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)

 

 

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