SONY XPE­RIA SP

HWM (Singapore) - - Design & Handling The Bigger Screen -

Be­ing the only de­vice in this roundup to come with a 4.6-inch TFT dis­play, it is only nat­u­ral that the Xpe­ria SP is not in the run­ning for the un­of­fi­cial ti­tle of most com­pact smart­phone. Nev­er­the­less, its clear that Sony’s put a fair bit of thought into mak­ing the de­vice an eye-pleas­ing one.

The Xpe­ria SP has a matte plas­tic back cover sim­i­lar to that of the HTC One SV, which pro­vides a se­cure grip. While the body is mainly made up of plas­tic, there is an alu­minum frame run­ning all around the phone, giv­ing the de­vice a solid feel.

What’s unique about the Xpe­ria SP is the trans­par­ent strip at the bot­tom of the phone. The strip can be per­son­al­ized to change color when no­ti­fy­ing you of in­com­ing mes­sages and calls. It also changes color ac­cord­ing to the ac­tive smart­phone theme, the dom­i­nant color of the im­age you are view­ing, and even flashes to the beat of your mu­sic.

In­ter­nally, the Xpe­ria SP is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon S4 du­al­core 1.7GHz pro­ces­sor, 1GB RAM and An­droid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. While Sony doesn’t in­clude a cus­tom UI, they do preload sig­na­ture me­dia apps and fea­tures such as Walk­man and Bat­tery Stamina Mode.

The Xpe­ria SP comes with 8GB in­ter­nal stor­age and a mi­cro-SD card slot that sup­ports mem­ory cards up to 32GB.

The metal­lic power but­ton is easy to

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