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Sony announces mid-range Xperia L and SP smartphones

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Sony announced the Xperia L smartphone, above, and Xperia SP smartphone today.

After the release of its 13-megapixel Xperia Z smartphone, Sony is looking to scale things back a bit with a couple phones featuring more modest specs. Announced today, the Xperia L and SP are smaller-screened and have less to offer in terms of memory and performance.

While the new phones from the Xperia line may be lacking in some aspects, Sony gave each an 8MP camera.

There is no release date yet for the Xperia L or SP and Sony has not yet announced pricing, but you can bet they will be cheaper that the Xperia Z which can be found in the UK SIM-free for about £450.

Xperia SP camera and video specs:

  • 4.6", 1280 x 720 pixels, 16,777,216 colour display
  • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Front-facing camera (VGA)
  • Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection
  • HDR for picture
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Flash - pulsed LED and photo light
  • Superior auto
  • Image playback, supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
  • Image capture, supported format: JPEG
  • Video playback, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM
  • Video recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4

Xperia L camera and video specs:

  • 4.3", 854 x 480 pixels, 16,777,216 colour display
  • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Video recording (HD 720p)
  • Front-facing camera (VGA)
  • Face detection and Smile detection
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • Flash/Photo flash
  • Image playback, supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
  • Image capture, supported format: JPEG
  • Video playback supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, MKV, AVI, XVID, MOV
  • Video recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4 

For comparison, here are the specs for the Xperia Z camera:

  • 5", 1920x1080 pixels, 16,777,216 color TFT
  • 13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode
  • 16x digital zoom
  • HDR for both picture/movie
  • Face detection
  • Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
  • Front-facing camera (2 MP 1080p Exmor R)
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Image stabilizer
  • Picture Effect
  • Quick Launch
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile detection
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Superior Auto
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

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