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Sony unveils Xperia SP: An Xperia T with 4G?

Sony has launched a new smartphone called the Xperia SP, one that is likely to position itself between the Sony Xperia T, launched at IFA last year, and the Xperia Z, launched at CES earlier this year.

The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Pro, a dual-core SoC clocked at 1.7GHz with an integrated LTE modem. There’s also 1GB of RAM, a rather small 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and a 4.6in 1,280 x 720 pixels display with a scratch resistant layer and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.

Other features include an 8-megapixel camera with a front facing VGA one, ful HD video recording, Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 3D Surround Sound, a 2,300mAh battery that allows users to talk for up to 10 hours on the phone and comes with the STAMINA mode.

Designwise, the chassis of the phone is made of a “precision-crafted co-moulded aluminium frame” that comes with a “colour-changing transparent element” that reminds us of the first generation Xperia models launched at MWC 2012.

The Sony Xperia SP will be available worldwide from Q2 2013, which starts in April. No pricing has been disclosed yet but we expect it to go on sale for less than £20 per month.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.