Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 24, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia SP and the Sony Xperia J side-by-side, which one is the smartest? Is the 4.6-inch display on the Xperia SP more high tech than the 4.0-inch screen on the Xperia J? What’s the storage capacity like? The processor? Is the 5.0MP camera on the Xperia J superior? These questions (and more besides) are answered in the comparison table that follows.

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J: 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.

Sony Xperia SP VS Sony Xperia J
Display 4.6-inch LCD 4.0-inch Reality
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(245.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization and VGA video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm 61.2 x 124.3 x 9.2mm
Weight 155g 124g
Talktime 19.0 hours 7.25 hours
Standby 734 hours 618 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine

 

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J 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 Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J fight plays out…

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Connectivity

The innards of the Xperia SP come packed with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts 4G connectivity where available. As for the Xperia J, Sony has built it with 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. But there’s no 4G here.
— The Xperia SP wins (1-0)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Size/Weight

Run the numbers on these two phones and we get the following. The Xperia SP and the Xperia J are 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm and 124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2mm respectively. Overall the Xperia J is the slimmer phone. Measure the weight of the duo and the Xperia SP weighs 155g, while the Sony Xperia J is 124g.
— The Xperia J wins (1-1)

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Camera/Video

The Xperia SP’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording. It has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. There’s also a front-facing 0.3MP camera for video calls.

The Xperia J’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization and VGA video recording) is no match for the Xperia SP’s. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 0.3MP.
— The Xperia SP wins (2-1)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Display

The Xperia SP comes with a display that features LCD technology. It measures 4.6 inches across and has a quoted resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Get the calculator out and the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of this 4.6-inch display is 319.348.

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia SP features a 4.6-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 319.348.

The Xperia J’s touch-sensitive Reality display measures 4.0 inches, 0.6 inches smaller. Its 480 x 854 pixel resolution loses out to the Xperia SP’s 480 x 854 pixel display. With 409920 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 245.0 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia SP wins (3-1)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Processor

These days, speed is crucial. inside the Sony Xperia SP there’s a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T chip, ticking along at 1.7GHz. The Xperia J has a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor.
— The Xperia SP wins (4-1)

Half-time: Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J

With five rounds gone, the Xperia SP is out in front by 4-1. A lead of 3, thanks to superior connectivity, a better camera, nicer display and speedier processor. Of course, this deficit could be overturned. But is the Xperia J good enough to fight back? (Hint: no)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… At the end of this round, the Xperia SP is still out in front by 3. With this gap in the scores, the Xperia J is all but beaten.
— The two phones share the points (6-3)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Storage

As for storage… The Sony Xperia SP offers buyers 8GB of storage as standard. The Sony Xperia J also comes with one storage option – a 4GB model. Obviously, the Xperia SP boasts 8GB compared to the default 4GB capacity of the Xperia J. The Xperia SP also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 40GB. The Xperia J’s overall capacity can also be increased to 36GB via its microSD memory card slot.
— The Xperia SP wins (7-3)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Battery Life

With a fully topped-up battery cell, Sony says that its Xperia SP can deliver 19.0 hours of talktime, while the Xperia J is rated at 7.25 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 734 hours and 618 hours respectively So it’s a last-place finish for the Xperia J here.
— The Xperia SP wins (8-3)

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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.

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia J – Extras

Finally, the Xperia SP also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out. In comparison, the Xperia J is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
— It’s a tie, one point each (9-4)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia SP wins! (9-4)

The Sony Xperia SP wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia J, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 1. 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: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Comparable

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