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Sony Xperia SP review: mid-priced Android phone is a class act

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Sony's latest offering to the mid-range Android smartphone market is an impressive handset, offering great performance in a decent build for a price that won't break the bank. Watch our Sony Xperia SP video review. See also: Galaxy S4 Zoom specs, UK price, UK release date.

The Xperia SP has the big screen, wide body and soft edges of the Xperia Z, but retains the iconic transparent strip of the Xperia S (if you know your Xperias).

Measuring in at 67x131x 67.1x10mm and weighing 155g it is neither overly big nor too heavy. In the hand it feels nice and solic, and the 4.6in display looks good. See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active specs, features, UK price, UK release date.

The dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon processor has enough oomph to make the Xperia SP work well. In rhe GLBenchmark HD framerate benchmark it posted the best scores we have seen from any smartphone to date, scoring 44fps. To put this into perspective the S4 scored 41fps (previous record), the iPhone 5 hit 38fps, while the HTC One managed a now puny 34fps. See also: Galaxy S4 mini specs, price, release date.

Sony Xperia SP benchmarks

It was no slouch in the other benchmarks either, scoring a very impressive 2015 in the Geekbench 2 benchmark (S4 = 3227, HTC One = 2721, iPhone 5 = 1650). This is due in part to the 1GB of RAM. There's 8GB of internal storage, which is far from huge, and an expandable SD slot so you can boost the storage by a further 32GB.

The Sony Xperia SP comes with Android OS v4.1 Jelly Bean installed complete with a very familiar interface and feel for those who are used to Sony's Android phones.

During 'normal usage' the Sony Xperia SP's Li-Ion 2370mAh non-removable battery can make it through one day and even go into the "bonus" second day territory. However, when you don't enable battery saving mode and continue to use the phone for long periods (more than a couple of hours constant use), battery life falls quickly and you'll be lucky to make it to the end of the day. See also: the six best tablets with expandable memory.

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