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Sony Xperia SP Hands On: My Likes and Dislikes


A good friend lend me his new Sony Xperia SP for this article. It is one of the best mid-range smartphones out there. For P16,990, its one overall performer. Online store Kimstore is selling the Xpera SP at a much more affordable price of P13,980.




Notification light below the screen

Sony Xperia SP specs:

  • ¬†1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T processor
  • Adreno 320 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.6 inch TFT HD display (720 x 1280 pixels) 319 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 2,370 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean


  • Performance and Software – Seeing a “dual core” processor may sound descriminating because we know a lot of dual core smartphones experiencing lags. But we are forgetting that the clockspeed of the processor is 1.7GHz which is quite powerful. The result? A smooth, lag-free performance. One graphic intense game – Dead Trigger ran well on the device.¬†Among all Android OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer), Sony’s UI is the one almost close to being stock Android. The more customized UI tends to eat more RAM and slows down the processor. Early Samsung Android smartphone experienced a lot of lags due to its TouchWiz UI. Samsung resolved it by adding more power to the processors. Samsung’s flagship has a 1.9GHz quad core processor. Sony’s mid-range Xperia SP only has a 1.7GHz dual core processor but coupled with a simple UI will result to smooth performance.
  • Battery – You will not ran out of power easily. The 2.370 mAh battery will last more than 10 hours of full charge and with normal usage.
  • Screen – Some tech blogs I’ve read have been posting negative reviews about Sony’s display being washed out when tilted on the sides. Some were even disappointed because it seems Sony didn’t apply the technology present on the Bravia line of LED and LCD TVs to the Xperia. Personally, Sony’s display on smartphones are not that bad but not outstanding either. In the case of the Xperia SP, it has a good and bright display. Much better than LG, Samsung or HTC’s display on their mid-range phones.
  • Design – One of Sony’s strengths is their ability to make excellent hardware. From TV, camera, audio, game consoles, and smartphones, One nifty feature is the colored notification lights found at the buttom of the device. Sony has proven their hardware to be durable and classy. No wonder whenever I hear Sony, one word comes to mind – SOSYAL!
  • Music – Sony’s proprietary music player is the Walkman app. Before Apple’s iPod came to fame, Sony’s Walkman ruled the music player world. Sony’s Walkman music player still remains the best in the market.


  • Camera – The 8 megapixel shooter produces good pictures but it appears to be washed out and dull. I’m not saying its a bad camera but its not outstanding as well.


This is by far the best mid range smartphone in the market today. Don’t underestimate its dual core processor for it performs better than those smartphones with 1.2GHz quad core processors.