Remember when we used to call petite 4-inch WVGA phones with 1 GHz processors and 5 MP cameras “flagship” devices? Of course you do, it was only a couple of years ago. And now 4.6-inchers with HD screens and dual-core 1.7 GHz chips are mid-range. We live in exciting times, folks.
Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, I was telling you how the now mid-end Xperia SP would have been the stuff of legends two years back. Heck, it would have been a top-tier device even a year ago.
But what does that make it now? A darn fine handheld to own for anyone that can’t afford or just doesn’t want to pay the piper for the Z, HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4.
That display is as close as perfection as you’ll get in the “budget” niche these days, you got your Jelly Bean, your snappy Snapdragon CPU (a last year unit, but still), 4G LTE speeds, not to mention the little things like 3D surround sound or PlayStation certification which make this more than just a phone.
The design is pretty awesome too, even if it can never compare with the Z or ZL. The SP is a lot thicker and even weighs more than the Z while having a smaller screen, but it’s still made out of aluminum, so it combines elegance with sturdiness.
For some reason, there’s no front-facing camera fitted on the phone, while the internal storage and battery seem mediocre. Then again, rumor has it Sony will be launching the SP in Europe for just €300 outright, which sounds like a price you just cannot argue with. Agreed? Would you like to see this fellow swing by the States as well?