Sony Mobile has lifted the lid on the much-rumoured Xperia SP (C5302, C5303, C5306). It is a beautiful handset precision-crafted with a co-moulded aluminium frame. Most exciting is perhaps the re-introduction of its transparent bar, last seen in the Xperia NXT series from last year.
Sony has confirmed that this “transparent element” has “customisable illuminations which you can personalise to alert you of incoming calls and text messages. And you can even set the illuminations to pulse to the beat of your favourite music.”
In terms of specs, the handset will come with a MSM8960T Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, with 1.7GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 320 graphics. The handset will have 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage (5.5GB for apps & media) and microSD memory card support.
It will feature a 4.6-inch display at 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Sony has confirmed that Corning Gorilla Glass is used for the handset. Camera duties are taken care of by an 8MP Exmor RS camera sensor, capable of HDR for photos and 1080p video recording. There is also a VGA front-facing camera.
Sensor support includes an accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and gyroscope (the handset does not include a magnetometer). Other features include NFC, PlayStation Certified, microSIM, MHL and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Xperia SP has a 2370mAh typical capacity (2300mAh minimum) embedded battery capable of 10 hours 25 mins of 3G talk time. The European/Asian LTE version of the Sony Xperia SP (C5303) will support LTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20. The US version of the Xperia SP (C5306) supports LTE Bands I, 2, 4, 5.
The Xperia SP has dimensions of 130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm and weighs 155 grams. The handset will launch with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean in three colours (Black, Red and White Silver). In terms of release date, Sony says that the Xperia SP will be available globally (including the UK) from Q2 2013.