Keeping the pressure firmly on Apple, the Android phones keep coming thick and fast. Following on from the forthcoming HTC One and Friday’s unveiling of the stunning Samsung Galaxy S4, today we see from Sony the announcement of two new models set to confuse the already ample choice: the Xperia L and Xperia SP.
The L is set to be the more affordable of the two, run by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and featuring a 4.3-inch FWCGA touch-screen and an 8-megapixel rear camera.
As to the higher specced SP (a fine choice of initials), here we get a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, an Adreno 230 GPU, an 8-megapixel camera round the back with autofocus and flash and a VGA snapper facing front, a 4.6-inch TFT High Definition multi-touch capacitive touch-screen and all the usual elements you’d expect to find in higher end Androids including an accelerometer, compass, camera geo-tagging and Java MIDP emulator, along with a stereo FM radio for some added fruitiness.
“Xperia SP and Xperia L are ideally suited for those seeking stylish class-leading smartphones that don’t compromise on features,” said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile. “Both of our new models benefit from Sony’s proven innovation and engineering expertise – whether you want to enjoy premium HD quality entertainment over 4G LTE on our mid-range Xperia SP or capture every moment in perfect detail with our more affordable Xperia L.”
Scheduled for a UK release in the second quarter of the year, there is as of yet no word on potential pricing, but we’ll be sure to keep you – yes, you – updated as and when that word is given.