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Sony Xperia SP




Sony Xperia SP Overview

The Sony Xperia SP follows the same beautifully engineered design language of the recently launched Sony Xperia Z. Benefitting from precision craftsmanship including a co-moulded aluminium frame, the result is an almost seamless one piece effect even though the SP features a removable cover. The illuminating colour-changing notification belt last seen on previous Xperia devices makes a welcome return on the back of the Sony Xperia SP, keeping you notified of new emails, text messages, calls and even Facebook notifications and is fully customisable. It even interacts with your music, pulsing to the beat, becoming more intense as you crank up the volume.

With the 4.6” HD Reality Display you'll feel totally immersed in razor sharp and super bright visuals if you buy the SP. The handset brings HD quality with one of the highest levels of screen resolution available - a stunning 319 PPI (pixels per inch) and 720p high definiton. This delivers crisp pictures with no jagged edges on text. Sony's expertise in the television industry is implemented to full effect with the quality of their BRAVIA TV engineers going into the newest mobile screens, bringing everything you expect from a high end HDTV. BRAVIA technology is known for a wide and realistic colour spectrum, so you can view every detail the way it was meant to be seen.

The 8 megapixel main camera is built with the same modules as leading Sony cameras. Exmor RS for mobile is an evolution of Sony image sensor technology, with a next-generation BSI light sensor. By adopting the technology of luminance and colour noise reduction, Sony has created a smartphone that snaps highly detailed shots with low noise – even in challenging lighting conditions. Your pictures now reproduce objects with more vivid colours and capture night images and faces in stunning clarity.

The camera also benefits from the inclusion of HDR (High Dynamic Range). This imaging technology is used to capture clear photos against strong backlight working by capturing the same image at different exposure levels and layering them to create one optimised photo.

With the Sony Xperia SP it’s always easy to get a great shot. Thanks to Superior Auto, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of camera settings to make use of the hidden power. In Superior Auto mode, the camera combines Scene Recognition with high quality and high performance image processing technology (HDR and noise reduction) to automatically shoot with the optimal settings. Your device is automatically optimised for 36 different scenes, so you always get the best shot.

It isn’t all just about taking great photos or movies either: you also want to view and share them with your friends. NFC connectivity opens up one-touch sharing with NFC compatible Xperia owners so you can share your photos, movies and other files by just by touching the handsets together. You can also view photos on your compatible Sony BRAVIA TV by simply touching your smartphone to the remote to activate screen mirroring. The Sony SRS-BTV5 wireless speaker also lets you share music with your friends: this fantastic accessory utilises NFC to pair to your Sony Xpera SP by simply touching them together.

Smartphones use a lot of power, even when you’re not actively using them. All those apps that you have on your phone may still be running in the background, draining your battery even when you think they're closed. Sony's Battery STAMINA mode protects against wasted battery drain by recognising when your display is off and turning off functions you don’t need, while keeping the notifications you want. As soon as you wake up your phone, everything is up and running again.

Reasons to buy Sony Xperia SP

  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.7GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Premium aluminium designed frame
  • Illuminating colour changing belt for notifications
  • 4.6” capacitive display with BRAVIA 2 Engine
  • 8MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile & HDR
  • NFC & MHL support for easy connectivity
  • Stamina Mode improves battery life
  • Playstation certified

Sony Xperia SP Box Contents

  • Sony Xperia SP
  • MicroUSB cabled
  • 3 Pin UK mains adapter
  • 3.5mm in ear headphones with in-line mic
  • Documentation


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed1.7GHz Dual Core
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelQualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSD
  • Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity8 GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4.6
  • TypeCapacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution 1280 x 720
  • OtherSony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 & Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Frequencies850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850/900/2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • FrequenciesLTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 20
  • Speed
  • Version4.0
  • FunctionsA2DP
  • Version
  • Version
  • DatamicroUSB
  • PowermicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm audio jack
  • Video OutMHL HDMI via microUSB
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels8
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera LensSony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • OtherScene recognition, Face detection, Smile detection, HDR for picture & Sweep Panorama
Front Facing CameraYes
  • TypeVGA
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light Sensor
  • FormatsMP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC
  • Recording3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • Formats3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM
  • Recording3GPP, MP4
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Capacity2370
  • Type
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSMup to 18 hours and 53 mins
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSMup to 734 hours
  • 3G
Dimensions130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm (5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches)
Weight 155 grams (5.47 oz)
SoftwareGoogle Chrome, Google Play, Google Voice Search & Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude
OtherMHL Support, PlayStation Certified & xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
Warranty24 months


Sony_Xperia_SP_User_Manaual.pdf Sony_Xperia_SP_User_Manaual.pdf (2474KB)



Will my phone work

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Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a standard SIM card slot or a Micro SIM slot?

It has a Micro SIM card slot

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?


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  • J M 10/6/2013 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Have this phone nearly a week now and I love it. Not too big, quite fast and I love the LED bar at the bottom. Internal storage is a bit disappointing, but I knew what I was getting before I bought it. Easily fixed with a microSD card. Highly recommend this phone, especially with the price.
  • chris 25/7/2013 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    Excellent phone ,it beats my mates s3 quad standard, screen could of done with lcd but still comes with very high res solution,nothing wrong with camera at all and o to jm you sure you ever had a handset???

  • Dan 5/6/2013 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    Not had it long nice phone but! i found the screen to be a little unresponsive for a touch screen. Don't like jelly bean.
    not very good in the sun light. should've gone for the z!!

  • Pete 20/7/2013 Recommend to a friend? No

    It's quite a nice phone but I found it very complicated to use. Still cannot add contacts to the phone book even after talking to Sony on the phone for about 25 minutes and cannot find a printable version of the user manual

    Clove Response 22/7/13 - Pete.  We are surprised by your comments.  It is quite simple process to add contacts to the phone book.  If you purchased the phone from Clove, you can call us and we can advise.  We can also provide a printed manual.

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