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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.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.