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The two smartphones, the Xperia SP (left) and Xperia L both slot in below the Xperia Z smartphone in terms of the overall range, with the SP getting the best of the specs list out of these two.
While there are some hardware differences between the devices, both share a range of features including Android OS 41. (Jelly Bean), as well as Sony's signature Walkman, Movies and Album apps.
Both also offer (along with the Xperia Z tablet) NFC connectivity and Sony's STAMINA software for extending battery life.
Hardware-wise the Xperia SP is a little fatter and a little heavier than SP, measuring 9.98mm thick (versus 9.7mm on the Xperia L) and weighing in at 155 grams – 18 grams heavier than the L. Pictured above, the Xperia L is on top, the SP is in the middle and the Xperia Z smartphone is on the bottom.
However, alongside the extra depth and weight comes a superior processor (1.7Ghz Qualcomm MSM8960Pro rather than the 1GHz dual core found on the L), a larger, higher resolution display and LTE compatibility.
The Xperia SP (but not the L) also has the transparant bar found on previous Sony handsets that changes colour according to what is being displayed on the screen, or can be set to be used as an alert for incoming calls or messages.