If you’re in the market for a high quality mid-range handset then Sony’s Xperia SP could be just what you’re looking for. Even better still you won’t have to wait to get your hands on one as the smartphone officially went on sale in the UK yesterday.

The Xperia SP is the Xperia Z’s little brother, but it’s no slouch when it comes to hardware specs. For a quick recap, the handset comes with a powerful 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, Adreno 320 GPU which offers plenty of 3D processing power, and 1GB RAM. As you’d expect, the handset is slightly smaller than the Xperia Z; it comes with a 4.6-inch TFT LCD display which packs in 1280×720 pixels.

The Xperia SP also has rear and front facing cameras, with 8 megapixels and 0.3 megapixels respectively, 8Gb of internal storage which can be expanded with an additional 32Gb via microSD card, and it has with a 2370mAh battery as well. Oh and Android Jelly Bean is 4.2.2 thrown in as standard too.

Sounds good right, but let’s talk prices. T-Mobile currently has the best Pay as You Go price at £249.99, and is also offering the handset for free when you sign up to a £21.00 a month contract for two years. Orange is also offering the phone at the same price, but requires a £10 top up as well. Orange also currently has the cheapest two year contract, saving you an almighty 50p a month, starting at just £20.50 for 300 minutes and unlimited texts or 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

We’re still waiting on other major UK carriers 02 and Three to release their price plans. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a SIM-free version then Clove and Handtec have you covered at competitive prices. Finally Amazon is still waiting for stock, it should have the handset on sale by 6th May.

Robert Triggs
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