Xperia SP – High Definition brilliance in a premium design
The Xperia SP utilises expertise from Sony’s BRAVIA® TV engineers to create its stunning 4.6” HD Reality Display for razor sharp pictures and superior brightness. The latest Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 delivers an even better viewing experience by analysing your content type and adjusting the image automatically, making it one of the most intelligent smartphone screens around. The engine will make the adjustment by adding new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction.
As well as delivering brilliant experiences, the Xperia SP looks beautiful too with a precision-crafted co-moulded aluminium frame, for a seamless look that is both sleek and solid. Adding to the unique design innovation is the colour-changing ‘transparent element’ with 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.
Xperia L – the perfect smartphone camera experience
The stylish and functional Xperia L features an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s unique “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor technology for vivid colours and stunning clarity. HDR (High Dynamic Range) ensures that both your photos and videos are captured clearly, even at night or against a strong backlight. And with the dedicated camera key that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second even from a locked screen, this fast-capture camera phone will ensure that you’ll never miss another moment. Get the most out of your viewing experience with the high quality 4.3” FWVGA screen that is ideally suited to enjoy all of your content.
Sony Xperia Z
At this stage, it is unlikely that anyone in the UK who reads a newspaper, watches TV or has even glanced at a billboard lately doesn't know that Sony has a new phone on the market.The Xperia Z is being heavily marketed by Sony with ads prominently displaying quotes claiming it has "reinvented the smartphone."
It hasn't, but what it has done is put itself back at the top table of smartphone manufacturers, challenging the likes of Apple, Samsung and HTC.Sony is banking on the striking design, powerful hardware and the fact the phone is waterproof to be enough to woo customers.
5in screen (1080 x 1920; 441ppi)
13 Megapixel Camera
Price as Reviewed: £500
We may not be getting the flagship Sony Xperia Z here in the U.S., but we're getting the Xperia ZL. It's unusually small and slim for a phone with a 5-inch 1080p display, and it includes an IR blaster to control your home entertainment devices. It'll make a good alternative to the juggernaut Samsung Galaxy S4 for folks who like a more restrained aesthetic.
LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
5.33 oz (151 g)
5.18" x 2.7" x 0.39" (132 x 69 x 9.9 mm)
Talk: 10 hours max. (600 minutes)
Standby: 500 hours max. (20.8 days)
2370 mAh, Non-removable
Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
1080 x 1920 pixels
Colors: 16.7 million (24-bit)
OS / Platform
Android version 4.1
1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core
16 GB internal storage, raw hardware
11 GB internal storage, available to user
2 GB RAM
Sony Xperia Tablet Z review: First look
Possibly the most beautiful device at this year’s MWC was the Xperia Tablet Z.The Japanese firm has really gone all-out with the device in an attempt to grab a share of the mobile market. It has a glossy black chassis houses a 10.1in display, is wafer-thin (6.9mm), light (495g) and elegant-looking – although it’s far from a wallflower.
The tablet feels as tough as nails and can survive submersion in shallow water – unlike its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet S, which had to be pulled of shelves after a manufacturing glitch meant it wasn’t waterproof as it was being billed.Aside from being a looker, there are 99 other reasons to love this tablet and the screen is top of the list one. Sony has crammed in 1,920 x 1,200 pixels into the LCD display, resulting in colours looking vibrant and images looking crisp – although it didn’t seem to fare too well under bright lighting.
The flash-free rear-end camera sports an 8.1-megapixel sensor – we were mightily impressed with the quality of capture, which is better than the iPad 4 – plus a 2.2-megapixel front-facing snapper, which is ideal for those who use online services such as Skype.
Under the bonnet features include 32GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G capability and a powerful quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU, which is evident in the performance. Swipe, flick or pinch and the Tablet Z is quick to respond – we failed to encounter any lag on the device, although it’s still too early to tell as we only got to play with it for a mere 45 minutes.
In terms of the OS, it runs on Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, which is currently available on several devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3, although there are a few branded tweaks, such as Sony Unlimited music streaming app.We did notice a couple of issues, though. The tablet is prone to smudging so will require constant maintenance and the absence of a flash-bulb at the back means you won’t have much luck taking snaps in low-lit environments.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is expected to be released in the UK, in the coming months and will cost £400. But even though Sony has been handed plaudits for the design the fact remains that people are more interested in buying small/compact tablets at this time such as the iPad mini and Nexus 7. Coupled with the high-price - it remains to be seen whether there will be any demand for this device when it is released.