HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Fight!

by Jerry D on May 25, 2013

There are questions we should ask when comparing the HTC Desire 600 and the Sony Xperia SP. Questions like… Does the 4.5-inch display on the Desire 600, surpass the Xperia SP’s screen? Is its quad core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 processor speedier? How do the Xperia SP’s dimensions compare? Good? Bad? So-so? Find out which one wins this big phone fight in the table below and the 10-round tech-tussle that follows…

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HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

HTC Desire 600 VS Sony Xperia SP
Display 4.5-inch Super LCD2 4.6-inch LCD
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
(244.667 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1
Storage 8GB internal, no expansion slot 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.6MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.0 x 134.8 x 9.3mm 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm
Weight 130g 155g
Talktime 11.0 hours 19.0 hours
Standby 539 hours 734 hours
Extras Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, and Beats Audio GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out

 

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP fight plays out…

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Desire 600 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. There’s no 4G connectivity. In comparison, the Xperia SP features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also supports 4G.
— The Xperia SP wins (0-1)

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Size/Weight

The spec sheets make interesting reading. The Desire 600 and the Xperia SP measure 134.8 x 67.0 x 9.3mm and 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm respectively. Overall the Xperia SP is the bigger phone. Weigh the two phones and the Desire 600 weighs 130g, while the Sony Xperia SP is 155g.
— The Desire 600 wins (1-1)

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HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Camera/Video

HTC has built the Desire 600 with an 8.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.6MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Xperia SP also sports a 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 0.3MP.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-2)

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Display

In the display department, the Desire 600 features a 4.5-inch touch-sensitive Super LCD2 screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Taking its 4.5-inch display into account, plus overall pixel count of 518400, the Desire 600 has a pixels per inch rating of 244.667.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC Desire 600 features a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 display with a quoted resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 244.667.

The Xperia SP’s touch-sensitive LCD display is a little roomier at 4.6 inches. Compared to its rival, the number of pixels onscreen is 921600 and so the pixels per inch (PPI) rating is 319.348.
— The Xperia SP wins (2-3)

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Processor

How fast are these two handsets? The specs reveal that the Desire 600′s core uses a 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 chip, while the Xperia SP uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T processor, rated at 1.7GHz.
— The Desire 600 wins (3-3)

Half-time: HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP

At the halfway point, the Desire 600 and the Xperia SP are tied on 3 points each. Which phone will triumph? Has the Xperia SP got the best software or the biggest storage capacity?

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-4)

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… The has fought back strongly to level the scores.
— The two phones share the points (5-5)

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Storage

As for digital storage… The HTC Desire 600 is only available in one configuration with 8GB of storage. Ditto the Sony Xperia SP. They both come with the same amount of internal memory built-in. There’s no expansion slot on the Desire 600, so its storage can’t be extended. In contrast, a microSD slot on the Xperia SP can boost the overall memory on Sony’s phone to 40GB.
— The Xperia SP wins (5-6)

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Battery Life

So how much battery life do you get? HTC claims 11.0 hours of talktime for the Desire 600, compared to 19.0 hours for the Xperia SP. Standby times are 539 hours and 734 hours respectively. That’s a small win for the Xperia SP in this round.
— The Xperia SP wins (5-7)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

HTC Desire 600 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Extras

Finally, the Desire 600 also includes Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, and Beats Audio. In comparison, the Xperia SP is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out.
— The Xperia SP wins (5-8)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia SP wins! (5-8)

The Sony Xperia SP wins this match-up. It beats the HTC Desire 600, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: No
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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