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Camera quality Screen size Operating system Processor name and model Talk time (up to)
8MP 4.6" Android Jelly Bean 4.1 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor Up to 19 hours talk time

Sony Xperia SP

For camera lovers, movie nuts and gamers, the Sony Xperia™ SP is a real stand out smartphone with exquisite design and powerful hardware. Sony's typically amazing camera technology takes great photos while 4G connectivity means you can upload them to Facebook in an instant.

The essential tech specs.

With a sizeable 2,370mAh battery tucked inside, the Sony Xperia™ SP can survive an incredible 734 hours on standby or 19 hours of phone calls on a single charge. It's powered by a super-speedy 1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There's a stunning 4.6" HD display with a 720p resolution that gives a pixel density of 319 pixels per inch. You'll also get an 8MP camera and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded by up to 32GB with a microSD card.

The essential tech specs
Mighty impressive 4.6" touchscreen

Mighty impressive 4.6" touchscreen.

Feel like you're there with the razor sharp and super bright HD screen on the Sony Xperia™ SP. The 4.6" HD Reality Display uses 720p resolution, making it perfect for visual content such as games, movies and websites. The display also uses Mobile BRAVIA ® Engine 2 technology that automatically adjusts the screen for the best visuals. It can change the contrast, manage colours, reduce noise and filter the sharpness.

Stunning shots in any light.

The Sony Xperia™ SP's 8MP camera is built with the same modules as leading Sony cameras. It uses the Exmor RS™ for mobile, a new image sensor technology that is designed for great shots in low light situations. The camera also features an HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, an imaging technology that lets you capture clear photos against strong backlight, such as taking photos with the sun behind your friends on a beach holiday. Not sure what setting to use to get the best image? Superior Auto automatically chooses the optimal image settings, and has a choice of 36 different scenes!

Stunning shots in any light
Longer battery life

Longer battery life.

Battery STAMINA mode saves you wasted battery drain by recognising when your display is off and turning off functions you don't need, while keeping the notifications you want. Turn your screen back on and everything jumps back into life. With Battery STAMINA mode on, Wi-Fi and data traffic are disabled when the screen is off, but you still receive incoming calls, texts, and alarms. It's easy to customise which apps you want to receive push notifications from when the screen is off though. Want Twitter updates? Just tick the box.

Battery life and operating system

Battery size (in mAh) 2,370 mAh This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.
Operating system Android Jelly Bean 4.1 The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
Standby time (up to) 734 hours The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
Talk time (up to) 19 hours The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.

Body and screen

Device size 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm

The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.

Device weight 155g The weight of the device in grams.
Screen size 4.6" The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.
Screen resolution 720 x 1280 pixels The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
Screen sharpness 319ppi The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
Screen technology LCD The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
Sim type Micro The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
Touchscreen Yes Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.

Call

Frequency band Quad band The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.
Speakerphone Yes If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).
Works in USA Yes Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.
Voice dialling Yes Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!
Voice recognition Yes Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.

Camera

Camera quality 8MP The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.
Flash type LED The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.
Front facing camera 0.3MP Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.
Video camera quality 1080p full HD The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.

Connectivity

3G Yes 3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.
4G Yes

With 4G, internet speeds are five times faster than with the older 3G connection. It’s perfect for streaming videos and music, and means web pages load instantly. You won’t be getting the most out of your new phone without a 4G tariff.
Find out more and compare the 4G phones and 4G deals in our 4G comparison hub.

Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.
Internet data connection Yes The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.
Mobile hotspot and tethering Yes This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.
Other connectivity NFC, DLNA, MHL The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.
Positioning A-GPS, GLONASS The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.
Wi-Fi Yes If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.

Music and entertainment

Apps Yes Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.
Music player Yes A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.
Radio Yes A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.

Processor and memory

Number of cores Dual core The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.
Memory card type MicroSD up to 32 GB Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.
Internal phone memory 8GB The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.
Processor name and model 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.
Processor speed 1.7GHz The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.
RAM 1GB RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.

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