it is obvious the Sony Xperia Z is the Japanese electronics giant’s proud flagship handset for now and naturally, it is going to hurt the wallet a fair bit. for those seeking ‘slightly cheaper’ alternatives, and yet do not want something that’s branded as a second rate handset just because it isn’t the ‘flagship’, then perhaps the Sony Xperia SP and Xperia L Smartphones might be up your alley. with the SP and L, Sony offers you premium style and materials, along with fast connectivity, exceptional display and “class-leading” camera technology. the bigger of the two, the Sony Xperia SP, is equipped with 4.6″ HD 720p Reality Display bolstered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and is driven by a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro processor. key features include a drool-worthy precision crafted co-moulded aluminum frame, 1GB of RAM, up to 8GB of internal storage – expandable via a microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB), a 8.0-megapixel autofocus main camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR-capable, one-touch functions with NFC for easy sharing of content over TV or between devices, 4G LTE connectivity, glove-friendly mode, and the usual suite of radios and sensors, including A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi (with Hotspot functionality), DLNA, MHL, micro USB and the likes.
the smaller Sony Xperia L, on the other hand, has a 4.3″ capacitive touchscreen with a modest 854 x 480 resolution and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8230 chip. it also has a main camera with a 8MP Exmor RS sensor but with 4x digital zoom instead of the 16x that its bigger sibling has. other highlights of the Xperia L include Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi (also with Hotspot feature), A-GPS, DLNA, and NFC-capability. both handsets are Playstation Certified, and supports 3D games. also common to both is the Sony’s audio filter technology dubbed as xLoud Experience, and for select markets, access to Sony Entertainment Network. the Sony Xperia SP and Xperia L Smartphones runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is set hit the global market from second quarter of 2013. take a few more look in the gallery below, and also find a couple of product videos further down.