Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 22, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia SP and the Sony Xperia T, which one KOs the other? Is the 4.6-inch display on the Xperia SP lovelier than the Xperia T’s? Does the Xperia SP have a greater storage capacity? Will you be satisfied by the Xperia T’s 13.0MP camera? All of these questions are answered in the comparison below…

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T: 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 T
Display 4.6-inch LCD 4.5-inch Reality
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(326.444 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.0.4
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16GB 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 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm 67.3 x 129.4 x 9.4mm
Weight 155g 139g
Talktime 19.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 734 hours 410 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, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

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

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Connectivity

The wireless options on the Xperia SP include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also incorporates 4G for speedy data downloads. Sony’s Xperia T, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP. No 4G in this phone though.
— The Xperia SP wins (1-0)

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

Time for a little size vs size. The Xperia SP is a neat 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm handset. While Sony’s phone is 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.4mm. The Xperia T is the smaller phone. As for weight, the Sony Xperia SP weighs 155g, while the Xperia T is 139g.
— The Xperia T wins (1-1)

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

The Xperia SP’s 8.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 0.3MP camera on the front.

The Xperia T boasts superior technology – a 13.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Note the maximum resolution of 4208 x 3120pixels. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.3MP.
— The Xperia T wins (1-2)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Display

The Xperia SP features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 4.6 inches across with a quoted resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement 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 4.5-inch touch-sensitive Reality screen on the Xperia T is 0.0999999inches smaller. The screen resolution is exactly the same – 720 x 1280 pixels. Compared to its rival, the number of pixels onscreen is 921600 and so the pixels per inch (PPI) rating is a top-end 326.444.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Processor

So how much oomph do they have? the Xperia T is a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A processor. The Xperia SP has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T chip, rated at 1.7GHz.
— The Xperia SP wins (3-3)

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

At this halfway point, the Xperia SP and the Xperia T have 3 points each. There’s all to play for as we approach the next round: software…

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.0.4 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-4)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… The Xperia T has blown its early lead and the scores are level.
— The two phones share the points (5-5)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Storage

This round looks at storage. The Sony Xperia SP has an internal storage capacity of 8GB. The Sony Xperia T, meanwhile, rocks up with 16GB. As you can see, the Xperia T incorporates 16GB versus the 8GB capacity of the Xperia SP. The Xperia SP also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 40GB. You can expand the memory of the Xperia T via the microSD slot. With a 32GB card, the maximum is 48GB.
— The Xperia T wins (5-6)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia T – Battery Life

Comparing the battery life, Sony’s spec sheet lists 19.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 7.0 hours for the Sony Xperia T. As for standby time, the phones can last for 734 hours and 410 hours respectively. The Xperia SP edges it in this round.
— The Xperia SP wins (6-6)

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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 T – 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 T is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— It’s a tie, one point each (7-7)

BPF verdict: It’s a tie! (7-7)

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