Sony Xperia SP and Sony Xperia L: hands-on pictures

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Sony announced the 4G-capable Xperia SP and the Xperia L smartphones last week and we had a play with both of them at a special event hosted by the company in Central London.

Based on their specifications, we reckon that they will address the upper mainstream and upper entry-level of the Android market. Check out more about the Sony Xperia SP and the Sony Xperia L and read our review of their bigger sibling, the Sony Xperia Z.

Both handsets inherit that big button on the right edge. The Xperia L is shaped like the Xperia Arc S (from 2011) while the Xperia SP brings back that transparent bar that caused a lot of confusion on the first generation Xperia from Sony Mobile last year.

That bar changes colour to match whatever hue is dominant in a photo being displayed onscreen. The two smartphones have a plastic shell and the Xperia SP has a non-removable battery (but a removable back).

Check out the hands-on pictures of the Xperia L and the Xperia SP below. Note that the two smartphones I handled were near-final prototypes.