Upcoming Xperia SP (C530X) pictured alongside the Xperia V

by XB on 6th February 2013

in Rumours, Xperia SP, Xperia V

The Sony Xperia SP (C530X), codenamed HuaShan has appeared in a new bunch of pictures, showing off its wares alongside the Xperia V (LT25i). It is interesting to note that the Xperia SP has a slightly larger build than the 4.3-inch Xperia V. This suggests a larger display for the Xperia SP, perhaps 4.55-inches like the Xperia ion?

Other information leaked by a tipster to Android-Hilfe.de suggests that it will come with a removable back plastic cover to access the memory card slot. However, the tipster also suggests that the battery is not removable. The model in the pictures is C5303, which is the LTE version of the Xperia SP. The Xperia SP (C5302, C5303, C5306) will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chipset with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 320 graphics and sport a 720p display.

Xperia SP (left) versus the Xperia V (right)

Via Android-Hilfe.de.

Thanks DeckardCain!

  • andronovadanHasan

    it is NOT Sony, it is SAMSUNG. What a mistake !

  • Did Sony run out of letters or something? Damn it, we need an explanation for all this naming scheme!

    Why doesn’t Xperia SP look anything like the Xperia S or Xperia P but instead it resembles the Z/ZL…

  • kurtdean

    Stop trolling. told u guys in the previous leak that this phone will hv a great design :)

  • Lvw

    This sucks… I was really hoping for a semi-high end phone at the size of maximum the Xperia Arc. But it looks like in 2013 even the midrange devices will be gigantic slabs.

    Looks like I’ll have to make my Xperia P last another year… And switch to an iPhone then.

  • I just hope the transparent strip will light up like an Xperia U =P

  • They see you trollin’, they laughin’.

  • You haven’t even seen the rest of the devices for MWC.

  • Display looks nice, deeper blacks compared to V.

  • It looks lyk much more bright and crisp display on this one compare to “v” ….

  • Too big for me. :(

  • tk007


  • blurb8

    Damn. Was hoping for a smaller device from sony :((((

  • Sony device naming scheme is ridiculous. It’s meaningless to consumers. Too many devices, too much confusion, wtf are they thinking? And they are running out of letters so now we’re moving to double letter names for each device. Next year will we see the Sony Xperia ZLII?

    My main concern: Sony has no clue how to write good software.

    The software on my Xperia S is appalling. The music player stutters and stalls after 30 minutes of playing music. (Google: “Xperia S stuttering audio” I’m far from the only one to notice this!). NFC stops working properly after about 24 hours of uptime. The Sony tags i use rarely fail to register all the actions I’ve asked them to perform until I reboot it and freshen the device. And the whole Xperia S starts lagging to hell after moderate use for a few hours, eventually wifi connectivity fails until you reboot. Horrible.

    Also their sync software is a joke on both Mac and Windows. It usually craps out after about 150-200 tracks have been synced each time forcing you to restart the app, and reselect the playlist to continue syncing. This happens on both Mac and Windows. Yes you can drag and drop tracks more reliably, but still, Sony can’t write good software! The sync software also can’t track playlist changes so when a track gets removed such as a podcast, the Xperia S will keep the old podcasts on there and continue syncing new podcasts until the device runs out of space – or you manually delete them. The Sony software itself has no official support for podcasts so you’re forced to use iTunes playlists.

    It’s more of the same on my Sony televisions. Both have software loaded on them that makes using the television slow and cumbersome to use. I have to wait about 30 seconds before the menus to change HDMI channels becomes accessible. All the menus are slow to navigate and confusing to use. I never use the Internet TV options because the software is so horrible to use. If I want to watch youtube or a range of VoD services I’ll use my Xbox 360.

    It’s much the same on the Sony Bluray players I also own. I’m told a software update is needed and then need to spend about 10 minutes navigating around the slow and complicated UI to find the option to start the upgrade. What a mess!!!

    I haven’t used the Playstation 3 so I have no idea if the software on their current consoles is a better advertisement for a division of Sony to write good software.

    The Xperia Z looks gorgeous… easily the most beautiful Android phone of them all. But I have zero confidence the software loaded on there will make for a pleasing experience. I’ve been a Sony fanboy for the longest time but I’m about to throw in the towel with them.

  • Lvw

    And neither have you (unless you work for Sony Mobile…)

    My money is on no worthwile phones (and by that I mean at least dual core snapdragon, good camera and high def screen) smaller than this Xperia SP giant.

    Just look at the Xperia J. For me it’s the perfect size phone, but it’s cheap low-range crap.

    Sony is my favourite Android manufacturer, but it looks like there’s absolutely no Android manufacturer out there that realises many people want a high-end device that you can actually use comfortably with one hand.

  • Again, you haven’t even seen the rest of the devices for MWC yet.

  • SonyFan

    XperiaBlog can you ask Sony if they can give us an explanation for all this naking shame??? is that possible
    like that comment please

  • I’ve been thinking and I think the nomenclature may go the way it is said out loud. For example, when we say Xperia S, T, Z … (the American way, as is said in the videos and the staf Sony Mobile), seems something more elegant and premium than Xperia Odin or Yuga. The name is very big because we have the Xperia word before … I do not know … is what I think.

  • MoeJoe

    well i hope sony start naming it like their laptops, Z(1,2…) being the flagship, S second, T, and E being a low end phone.

  • Xlash Andraid

    Bye bye! Enjoy your terrible ios.

  • akimoto heikichi

    Not all device is good… In this real world nothing is perfect… Just depend what customer needs….

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  • Xlash Andraid

    Purposed leaked pictures make a device look ugly and big. Until SONY officially introduces it and we see how it really looks like, we truly appreciate it at a first glance, even more when we finally get it. That has always happened, and it happened to me with Xperia X10, X8 and Ray, at the end I loved each of them.

    I’d consider this one over ZL just because it should has a lower cost, and dual core (wich obviously should drain less battery than a quad core), I just hope it also features 2 GBs of RAM.

  • Xlash Andraid

    Actually, that was my point in past discussions: why not having a small device yet powerful? However, as Joh Kevin said, wait until MWC and see what SONY has to offer, who knows? a ideal device for us who don’t want a big one may be on its way. Just wait a little bit more, and then take decisions.

  • ProWeirdo

    They don’t usually “ask” Sony, they find posted information on their blog or somewhere else in the internet.

  • WTF is wrong with SONY?
    Can the come up with Awesome name like Xperia 2011 Series?

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  • .cj

    … i (f)hink sony want that their phones should be recognised as “xperia” or “sony xperia” and not as arc/ray … so if somebody ask you, which device do you have, you will tell them xperia s > the brain of ordinary people just remeber xperia (the dont know, what S,P, Z …) the owner istself does the same game … he will talk about his xperia and not like the 2011 series about his arc, active etc … this is about brand-recognition .. like bravio TV, vaio Notebooks …

    btw: stop it sony … the Z, ZL and this SP are great.

  • Nico

    TNX, I own a Xperia J

    Please explain the low range crap part.

  • Alex Ruiz

    The Xperia V has virtual buttons?

  • Nezar

    Sony has already announced 4 devices this year (5 if you include the V) and none of them has been released yet… HUH!!!

  • Anonymous


    1. They really can’t do a proper <=4.3" phone?

    2. The backcover is removable already, why not the battery? They did it in the V already.


  • Xperia V is barely larger than Xperia arc and the SP is barely larger than V, so SP shouldn’t be ‘that’ larger than Xperia arc

  • That Sony TV of yours must be the really cheap one

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  • razec

    Nobody noticed the “alpha” clock logo on SP’s menu? what was that anyway? it gave me a vibe that it’s something related to the Alpha DSLR/SLT/ILC line

  • Coollead

    Sony does make small high end sets, they just don’t release them outside of Japan. The Xperia AX and SX are small and high end.

  • Coollead

    It’s probably the same as the crappy Alpha clock on the PS3, which just shows a bunch of pictures.

  • Coollead

    All Xperias since the GX/SX have virtual buttons.

  • It’s the Alpha Clock application, which is already available on Google Play to download, so nothing new there..You can check it out here, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sony.aclock&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zb255LmFjbG9jayJd

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  • atix

    Let us wait for d xperia L, i guess its smaller

  • Cheng

    yep I use that everyday on my Xperia S since half year ago.. and I like it :)

  • Avinash

    Small as in how much small? Xperia V is already a compact device n Xperia SP is just about the same size. So whats the problem?

  • kurtdean

    Just wait for xperia C360X and stop complaining. It will have screen frm 4-4.3 inches and around the same size of iphone 5

  • amsaKANNA C

    size of sola

  • it is impossible, checking the xperia v UI , it has latest xperia home.apk , so xperia v should be in 4.1.2 android version

  • Atix

    Xperia v has so many many space for the bezel on top

  • hamboy

    Same, I’m still waiting for a successor to the Ray. I thought this would be it but instead another big screen device.

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  • zimam zamri

    xp e, z, & zl…this sp hasn’t been announced…and xp e has been on the shelf in some countries + xp z will be available by early march in Sony highly targeted market

  • Ney

    Too many devices released = too many to support = dissatisfied users = income loss.
    Sony makes the same mistakes over and over again. I don’t think that Xperia SP is necessary. It looks really bad and has nothing new for users. They should focus on 1 or 2 devices per user-range (high, mid, low) and that’s it.

  • roeshak

    Iagree with you that software development is the next big challenge for Sony. I was rather disappointed with the software on the Z. Knowing that they”ll be giving virtually the same software to the 2012 line up gives me some hope that there’ll be more to follow with the 4.2 update.
    I’m pretty sure Samsung will dazzle with new software innovations like last year. Sony need to make a big leap forward in that department. Most of the headline grabbing features of the Z are hardware related and that isn’t good enough. There’s a lot of positive vibes following the Z right now but that’s going to diminish as soon as other 2013 flagships appear with 4.2 and a host of software innovations

  • roeshak

    I think what we are witnessing here is the death of the traditional high-end and mid range device. What we’ve got now is a top tier for gamers and a second tier for mainstream users. I just can’t see how these specs can classed mid range. They’re are better than those of the iPhone 5 and every device Sony put out last year. A 1.7 ghz S4 pro cpu with adreno 320 graphics is in no way mid range. I worry about what all this is doing to the cost of phones. I’d be surprised to see this phone for under £400.

  • I’m still wait for Xperia L picture, spek, and price :)

  • Marten

    Anyone notice the cam on the left side below the display? look at the first pic.

  • Ashua

    Its 4.6 inches thats decent size and high end what more can you ask for!

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  • kurtdean

    I think this xperia v without opticontrast. Some xperia v have better blacks than this

  • Brody

    I don’t get it either. If the phone were unibody it would make more sense. This should have a replaceable battery.

  • Brody

    I’m with you. I was going to get the V even though its a bit large for my liking. Then I found out its are frequencies are not compatible with AT&T 3G in the US. Now the SP comes along and I’m excited, but its looking like the same size as the TX. Too wide…

  • nikhil

    Whats’s the megapixelage?

  • Mateusz Dy?

    Maybe it’s IPS display not another TNT.

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