Sony is set to host a press event on March 18 in Moscow, where the company is expected to show off its new smartphones - Xperia SP and Xperia L. Both the smartphones are likely to expand Sony's mid-range smartphone offering. While specs of both the smartphones have already leaked to the Internet, a official press shot render, believed to be of the Xperia SP, is now doing the rounds.
The purported image of the Xperia SP comes from XperiaBlog.net, which says the design of the smartphone looks “broadly similar” to the previous leaked pics. The image shows the smartphone comes with same signature power button, as seen on the recently launched Xperia Z and ZL. Overall, the Xperia SP is very reminiscent of the Xperia ZL. Check out the alleged Xperia SL photo below:
Earlier, alleged specifications and live images of the Xperia SP leaked to the web. The Xperia SP is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T platform with 1.7GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 320 GPU. The device has a 4.6-inch display of 720p HD resolution is at the front, while an 8MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor.
The built-in storage in the Xperia SP will be 8GB and will feature a microSD card slot for expansion. The smartphone may also come with an LED strip at the bottom, which will alert for missed notifications.
Sony Xperia SP leaked live photos
The Sony Xperia L is said to have a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels. The smartphone is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon chipset running at 1GHz and Adreno 305 GPU. Other rumoured specs of the device include 8MP camera with Exmor RS sensor, 8GB of built-in storage and microSD card slot. The Xperia L will come with a 1,700mAh battery.
Both the smartphones were recently spotted on various online retailers such as Amazon and eBuyer.
With the new Xperia Z smartphone, Sony is once again looking to expand its market share, dominated by the likes of Samsung and Apple. Sony is also focussing on its mid-range smartphone line-up in an attempt to tap the emerging markets.