Sony Xperia SP and Xperia L officially unveiled

Sony’s coming to market with yet another set of handsets for the mid-range market. The Japanese company has announced the Sony Xperia SP and Sony Xperia L, neither of which are meant to send big ripples in the smartphone pond but should be nice options for those not looking to spend much.

Starting with the Xperia SP, this device has a 4.6 inch HD Reality Display (720p) with Bravia Engine 2 display technology. The device takes a few cues from the “high-end design” handbook as it utilizes a “co-moulded” aluminum chassis. Coming in white, black, and red, the device also houses an 8 megapixel Exmor camera sensor as well as an illuminated bottom bar that can change colors and be customized for various things such as incoming call and text notifications, email and more. More functional specs include Qualcomm’s 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro processor, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 2,370mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and more.

The Xperia L sits a bit below the SP on the food chain with its 4.3 inch FWVGA display (854×480). It will also launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and will house Qualcomm’s 1GHz MSM8230 dual-core processor. Other features include Sony’s standard 8 megapixel Exmor camera, 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card slot, a 1,750mAh battery and more.

Sony expects the Xperia L and SP to be available worldwide beginning in the second quarter of this year, though specific carrier details have yet to be revealed. Some markets may only see the device in unlocked form so take heed to that warning before you get too excited for it to hit your local carrier. Read on for full press details.

 

Press Release

Sony Mobile adds two new Xperia smartphones to its Spring line up, bringing best of Sony experiences to a broader device range

⦁ Two new models added to the Xperia™ range of premium smartphones with Xperia™ SP and Xperia™ L offering unique Sony features at new price points
⦁ Xperia SP offers a high quality HD experience, LTE 4G and easy connectivity with One-touch function in a beautiful cutting-edge design
⦁ Xperia L provides a stylish design with best in class Sony camera experience for perfect pictures and videos every time

18th March 2013, London, United Kingdom – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced two new Xperia smartphone models to join its 2013 line up – the Xperia SP and Xperia L. The Xperia SP delivers 4G LTE performance and an exceptional viewing experience, with a razor sharp HD screen housed in a beautiful design. The Xperia L provides class leading camera technology with HDR for both photos and videos complemented by a high quality screen.

Both the Xperia SP and Xperia L offer the best of Sony with stunning premium designs and a range of technologies including a high quality screen for the ultimate viewing experience; the latest camera features for impressive pictures and videos; NFC connectivity for One-touch function; Battery STAMINA Mode for extended battery life; and Sony’s signature media apps for enjoying photos, music, movies and games on the go.

“Xperia SP and Xperia L are ideally suited for those seeking stylish class-leading smartphones that don’t compromise on features”, said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “Both of our new models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise – whether you want to enjoy premium HD quality entertainment over 4G LTE on our mid-range Xperia SP or capture every moment in perfect detail with our more affordable Xperia L.”

Xperia SP – High Definition brilliance in a premium design
The Xperia SP utilises expertise from Sony’s BRAVIA® TV engineers to create its stunning 4.6” HD Reality Display for razor sharp pictures and superior brightness. The latest Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 delivers an even better viewing experience by analysing your content type and adjusting the image automatically, making it one of the most intelligent smartphone screens around. The engine will make the adjustment by adding new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction.

As well as delivering brilliant experiences, the Xperia SP looks beautiful too with a precision-crafted co-moulded aluminium frame, for a seamless look that is both sleek and solid. Adding to the unique design innovation is the colour-changing ‘transparent element’ with customisable illuminations which you can personalise to alert you of incoming calls and text messages. And you can even set the illuminations to pulse to the beat of your favourite music.

Key features for Xperia SP
⦁ Precision crafted co-moulded aluminium frame
⦁ Super-bright 4.6” 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
⦁ One-touch functions with NFC to display content on your TV or to share music and photos between devices
⦁ 4G LTE for superfast entertainment and browsing
⦁ Unique ‘transparent element’ can be personalised to change colour when notifying you of all your incoming messages and calls. Or simply set it to pulse to the beat of your music to stand out from the crowd.
⦁ 8MP fast-capture camera with “Exmor RS for mobile”, HDR and Superior Auto for the best photos, even at night or against a strong backlight
⦁ Battery STAMINA Mode for optimum battery life
⦁ Available in white, red and black colour variations

Xperia L – the perfect smartphone camera experience
The stylish and functional Xperia L features an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s unique “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor technology for vivid colours and stunning clarity. HDR (High Dynamic Range) ensures that both your photos and videos are captured clearly, even at night or against a strong backlight. And with the dedicated camera key that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second even from a locked screen, this fast-capture camera phone will ensure that you’ll never miss another moment. Get the most out of your viewing experience with the high quality 4.3” FWVGA screen that is ideally suited to enjoy all of your content.

Key features for Xperia L
⦁ 8 megapixel fast-capture camera takes sharp pictures in any light
⦁ Enjoy all your content on the generous 4.3” FWVGA display
⦁ One-touch functions with NFC to display content on your TV or to share music and photos between devices
⦁ Fast performance with dual-core processor
⦁ Battery STAMINA Mode for optimum battery life
⦁ Available in white, red and black colour variations
Sony entertainment on the go
Both Xperia SP and Xperia L benefit from Sony’s media applications offering a consistent entertainment experience across the range. The “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies” apps, provide online and offline content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, plus Music Unlimited* with over 18 million songs to explore from, and Facebook social integration. The “Movies” application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited* while the “Album” application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.

One-touch functions for easy content sharing
Also featured on both models are Sony’s One-touch functions, allowing you to easily and instantly enjoy music and photos across an array of devices, such as Sony’s SRS-BTV5 portable speaker and latest range of NFC-enabled BRAVIA TVs, with just a single touch. It’s sharing made easy with no wires, cables, or fiddling with settings necessary.

The new Xperia SP and Xperia L from Sony Mobile will both be available worldwide from Q2 2013.
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* Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.

Key technical specifications

Xperia SP Xperia L
Colours White
Red
Black White
Red
Black
Facts Size 130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm 128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm
Weight 155 grams
137 grams
Operating System Google™ Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Google™ Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Dual Core 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core
Camera 8 megapixel camera
16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Fast capture
Flash/Pulsed LED
Flash/Photo light
Front-facing camera (VGA)
Geotagging
HD video recording (1080p)
HDR for picture
Image stabiliser
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Self-timer
Send to web
Smile detection
Superior auto
Sony’s “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor
for mobile image sensor
Sweep Panorama
Touch focus 8 megapixel camera
4x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Fast capture
Flash/Photo flash
Front-facing camera (VGA)
Geotagging
HDR for both picture and movie
Image stabilizer
Quick Launch
Self-timer
Send to web
Smile detection
Sony’s “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor
Image sensor
Video stabilizer
Red-eye reduction
Sweep Panorama
Touch capture
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording (HD 720p)
Music 3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear Phase™
Clear stereo
Dynamic normalizer
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
ClearAudio+ mode
Clear bass
Clear Phase™
Clear stereo
Dynamic normalizer
Manual equalizer
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience
Internet Google Chrome™*
Google Play™
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™*
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™) Bookmarks
Google Chrome™
Google Play™
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™*
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Web browser (WebKit™)
Communication
Call list
Facebook™ application*
Google Talk™ application*
HD Voice
Noise suppression
Polyphonic ringtones
Xperia™ Socialife™*
Speakerphone
Twitter™* Call list
Conference calls
Facebook™ application*
Friends application
Google Talk™ application*
Google Talk™ video chat*
Multiple IM
Speakerphone
Twitter™*
Video chat ready
Xperia™ with Facebook™
Messaging
Conversations
Email
Google Mail™*
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS) Conversations
Email
Google mail™*
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Design
Auto rotation
Battery standby mode
Gesture input
Glove mode
Light effects
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
Screenshot capturing
Throw
Touch screen
Transparent element /Aluminium frame
Wallpapers
Voice input Auto rotation
Gesture input
Illumination effect
On-screen 12-key keyboard
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Picture wallpaper
Screen capturing
Touch screen
Voice input
Wallpaper animation
Entertainment

 

3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
PlayStation® Certified*
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network*
TV launcher
Video streaming
YouTube™* 3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
PlayStation® Certified*
PlayMemories*
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network*
Video streaming
YouTube™*
Organiser
Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Contacts
eCompass™
Notes
Setup guide
Stopwatch
Tasks
Timer Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Contacts
Document readers
eCompass™
Infinite button
Notes
Setup guide
Stopwatch
Timer
World clock
Connectivity
3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS*
Bluetooth™ 4.0 wireless
technology
DLNA Certified®
GLONASS*
MHL support
Media Go™
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
NFC
PC Companion
Screen mirroring
Sony Bridge for Mac
Synchronisation via Microsoft®
Exchange® ActiveSync®
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google™
Synchronisation via SyncML™
USB charging
USB High speed 2.0 support
Xperia Link™
Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS*
Bluetooth™ 4.0 wireless technology
DLNA Certified®
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
Media Go™*
NFC
PC Companion
Play Anywhere
Screen mirroring
Smart Connect
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via SyncML™
Synchronisation via Google™
Synchronisation with computer
Synchronisation via Microsoft®
Exchange ActiveSync®
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB mass storage
Xperia Link™
Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
Display
4.6”
1280×720 pixels
16,777,216 colour TFT with durable tempered glass 4.3”
854×480 pixels
16,777,216 colour TFT
Scratch-resistant touch panel cover glass (Schott 2nd source)
Memory Internal phone storage 8 GB (up to 5.8 GB user-accessible memory)**
8 GB (up to 5.8 GB user-accessible memory)**

Expansion slot microSD™ card, up to 32 GB microSD™ card, up to 32 GB
Networks UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20) C2105
UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
C2104
UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV),
2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
Battery life Battery embedded 2370 mAh typical
2300 mAh minimum 1750 mAh, typical
1700 mAh, minimum
Talk time GSM Talk time GSM: Up to 10 hours and 25 Mins*** Up to 8 hours 30 min***
Standby time GSM Up to 635 hours*** Up to 498 hours***
Talk time UMTS Up to 18 hours and 53 Mins*** Up to 9 hours 6 min***
Standby time UMTS Up to 734 hours*** Up to 454 hours***
Standby time LTE Up to 709 hours*** N/A
Music listening time Up to 39 hours*** Up to 43 hours 12 min***
Video playback time Up to 7 hours and 36 Mins*** Up to 7 hours 30 min***
In the kit Xperia™ SP, battery, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation. Xperia™ L, battery, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.
* Services may not be available in all markets and may not be available at the time of launch
** Memory comprises of approximate 2 GB firmware and 5.5 GB internal storage used for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data
*** Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

 

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About Sony Mobile Communications
Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com

Legal
1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market. 3) Icons displayed are for illustrative purposes only. The home screen may appear different in your product. Some features may not be available in your country or area.

Sony, make.believe, WALKMAN, WALKMAN W logo, Sony Entertainment Network, PlayMemories Online, Exmor RS, Clear phase, BRAVIA, and xLoud are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. Xperia, Xperia SP, Xperia L PlayNow, SensMe, and TrackID are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Mobile Communications AB. PlayStation is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment. Media Go is a trademark of Sony Electronics. Android, Google Play, Google Chrome, Google Voice, Latitude, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Mail are a trademark of Google Inc. Snapdragon is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Twitter is a trademark or registered trademark of Twitter, Inc. Facebook is a trademark or registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. Microsoft ActiveSync is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft, Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark or registered trademark, and any use of such mark is under license by Sony Mobile. Neoreader is a trademark or registered trademark of NeoMedia Technologies Inc. microSD is a trademark or registered trademark of SanDisk Corporation. eCompass is a trademark or registered trademark of Genoptix, Inc. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. DLNA Certified is a trademark or registered trademark of the Digital Living Network Alliance. SyncML is a trademark or registered trademark of the Open Mobile Alliance. Skype is a trademark or registered trademark of Skype, Ltd. LTE is a trademark or a registered trademark of ETSI. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All terms are subject to change without prior notice.
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