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

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.

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.