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

by Jerry D on March 22, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia SP and the Sony Xperia V, which one emerges as the winner? Does the 4.6-inch display on the Xperia SP, outstrip the Xperia V’s screen? Is Xperia SP‘s Android 4.1 software enticing? Are we impressed by the Xperia V’s 13.0MP camera? All of these questions are answered in the table below…

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V: 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 V
Display 4.6-inch LCD 4.3-inch Reality
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(341.628 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.0.4
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 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm 65.0 x 129.0 x 10.7mm
Weight 155g 120g
Talktime 19.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 734 hours 400 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, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

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

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Xperia SP comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts support for faster 4G networks. The Xperia V, meanwhile, boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G networking is also supported.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

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

Let’s get the tape measure out… The Xperia SP measures 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm, while the Xperia V is 129.0 x 65.0 x 10.7mm in comparison. The Xperia V is the bigger phone. In terms of weight, the Sony Xperia SP weighs 155g, while the Xperia V is 120g.
— It’s a tie, the points are shared (2-2)

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

The Xperia SP’s 8.0 MP camera features autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 0.3MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The 13.0 Megapixel camera on the Xperia V is superior to the lens on the Xperia SP. It also includes an array of features including: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Xperia V wins (2-3)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Display

Headlining the Sony Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The screen has 921600 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 319.348 pixels per inch – number.

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.

In comparison, the Xperia V’s touch-sensitive Reality screen is 4.3 inches wide. The 720 x 1280 pixel screen resolution is also identical. With 921600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a terrific 341.628 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-4)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Processor

In terms of raw speediness, inside the Xperia SP there’s a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T chip, rated at 1.7GHz. The Xperia V boasts a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor.
— The Xperia SP wins (4-4)

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

As the first half ends, the scoreboard shows that the Xperia SP and the Xperia V have 4 points each. With five rounds still to go and five points to play for, the Xperia SP and the Xperia V can’t be separated.

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Software

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

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here.
— The two phones share the points (6-6)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Storage

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

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – Battery Life

Measuring battery life isn’t an exact science. But Sony boasts 19.0 hours of talktime for its Xperia SP, versus 7.0 hours for the Xperia V. The standby times are 734 hours for the Xperia SP and 400 hours for the Xperia V. The points in this round belong to the Xperia SP.
— The Xperia SP wins (8-7)

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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.

Sony Xperia SP vs. Sony Xperia V – 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 V is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— It’s a tie, one point each (9-8)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia SP wins! (9-8)

The Sony Xperia SP wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia V, taking 2 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 7 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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