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

by Jerry D on March 20, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia SP and the Sony Xperia L side-by-side, which one comes out on top? Does the 4.6-inch screen on the Xperia SP, eclipse the Xperia L’s 4.3-inch display? Will you be bowled over by the Xperia L’s 8.0MP camera? Time for some answers…

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L: 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 L
Display 4.6-inch LCD 4.3-inch LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(227.907 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB 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 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 720p 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 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm 65.0 x 128.7 x 9.7mm
Weight 155g 137g
Talktime 19.0 hours 9.0 hours
Standby 734 hours 454 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality

 

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

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Connectivity

The Xperia SP is well-specced and includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP connectivity. It can also accelerate to 4G speeds. Sony’s Xperia L comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP as standard. There’s no 4G here, however.
— The Xperia SP wins (1-0)

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

Modern phones are hardly fat and frumpy. The Xperia SP and the Xperia L measure 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm and 128.7 x 65.0 x 9.7mm respectively. The Xperia SP is 0.3mm fatter than the Xperia L. Neither the Xperia SP or the Xperia L is unwieldy. The former weighs 155g; the latter weighs a mere 137g.
— The Xperia L wins (1-1)

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

First, let’s examine the Xperia SP, which packs a 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with extras that include: autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, a panorama mode and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 0.3MP camera for video calls.

The Xperia L’s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 720p video recording) almost equals the Xperia SP’s. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Xperia SP wins (2-1)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Display

The Xperia SP boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 4.6 inches and delivering a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Packing 921600 pixels into this 4.6-inch screen results in pixel density of 319.348 pixels per inch (PPI).

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 L’s touch-sensitive LCD display is a little less roomy, measuring 4.3 inches. In this battle, it loses the pixel battle with a lower screen resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. In comparison, there are 409920 pixels onscreen, giving the Xperia L pixel density of 227.907 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia SP wins (3-1)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Processor

Speed is crucial and so the Xperia L uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 CPU, rated at 1GHz. The Xperia SP’s engine is a 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T processor.
— The Xperia SP wins (4-1)

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

At this halfway stage, the Xperia SP leads by 4-1, a 3-point advantage. Of course, with five more points to fight for the Xperia L isn’t beaten yet. Time to move onto the next round: software…

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Software

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

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here either. The Xperia SP maintains its half-time advantage. It’s certainly not going to lose this fight.
— The two phones share the points (6-3)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-4)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia L – Battery Life

With a full battery, Sony boasts 19.0 hours of talktime for its Xperia SP, versus 9.0 hours for the Xperia L. The standby times are 734 hours for the Xperia SP and 454 hours for the Xperia L. It’s a second place finish for the Xperia L in this round.
— The Xperia SP wins (8-4)

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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 L – 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 L is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality.
— The Xperia SP wins (9-4)

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

The Sony Xperia SP wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia L, 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: Comparable
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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