Sony’s 2013 new additions: Xperia SP and Xperia L

Sony is coming back strong in 2013. They’ve just bolstered their line-up with two new additional Xperia smartphones, they Xperia SP and Xperia L.

Xperia SP

The Xperia SP is Sony’s new addition in the mid-range smartphone segment and spots the iconic transparent strip, similar to the ones on the Xperia S/P/U. On top of this, it’s built upon an aluminum frame (weighing in at 155g). So we’re expecting a premium feel from the device. Spotting a 4.6″ HD Reality Display (protected by corning gorilla glass) powered by the all new Mobile Bravia Engine 2, the Xperia SP seems to be the successor of the Xperia ion. The Xperia SP is also equipped with the latest Exmor RS sensor, shooting at 8MP resolutions capable of capturing full HD videos. This device has the standard NFC, LTE bands, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and is MHL ready. Powering all this is the latest S4 Pro processor clocking a dual core processor at 1.7Ghz, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard memory (expandable with a microSD). As for battery life, we’re expecting an adequate daily usage with the addition of Battery Stamina Mode. Interesting enough, the phone supports Sony’s “Glove mode” where you’re able to navigate the phone even when wearing a pair of gloves!

Xperia L

The Xperia L is Sony’s new addition in the entry level smartphone segment and spots the iconic arc back, similar to the ones on the Xperia arc S/V/J. The Xperia L’s focus would be on the all new Exmor RS sensor, an upgrade from its successor the Xperia J. It spots a dedicated camera button for easy access to the camera function, and allows for a quick snap from sleep mode in just over a second! The Xperia L spots a 4.3″ Reality Display on scratch resistant glass (weighing in at 137g). This device has the standard NFC, HSPA+, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and is MHL ready. Powering all this is a dual core processor clocked at 1Ghz, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard memory (expandable with a microSD). As for battery life, we’re expecting an adequate daily usage with the addition of Battery Stamina Mode.

How do you find the new line-up from Sony? The design sure is unique as compared to most smartphones in the market right now.

Camera shootout: Xperia Z or HTC One?

With the announcement of the new UltraPixels from the HTC One, many people are eager to test out this new technology. But does less mean more? Does the UltraPixel technology on the HTC One beat the Xperia Z’s Exmor RS sensor. We’ve chanced upon a comparison done by GSMArena, and here are the results. All images taken are from GSMArena. For more pictures, please refer to the link above.

Xperia Z

HTC One

Xperia Z vs Xperia V (Day shots compared)

In our previous post, we compared the night shots between the Xperia Z and Xperia V. This time round, we’ll be comparing some day light shots between the two 13MP shooters! Both phones come with HDR mode for still images, but the Xperia Z comes with an upgraded Exmor RS sensor as compared to the Xperia V’s Exmor R sensor.

Pictures taken with the Xperia Z are on top, and Xperia V on the bottom.DSC_0066 DSC_0026DSC_0069 DSC_0027DSC_0070DSC_0028We personally feel that the differences weren’t as huge as the night shots. But if zoomed down to the finest details, the Xperia Z will do slightly better in terms of sharpness and clarity!

Xperia Z vs Xperia V (Night shots compared)

We’ve just gotten our hands on a Xperia Z test set and we’ll be running various comparisons tests with the Xperia V. The first test will push both cameras to the limits. Both phones spot a 13 MP shooter with HDR and Sony’s very own Superior Auto mode. Day shots will definitely look good on these two devices, but what sets them apart would be the night shots. We’ve put the Exmor RS sensor (Xperia Z) to test against the Exmor R sensor (Xperia V).

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It’s quite clear, even without annotations, that the Exmor RS sensor for the Xperia Z is the clear winner. We’re very excited to test more functions out, and we’ll be sure to update it on our blog asap!

Xperia Z and LG Optimus G Pro SHOWDOWN

Another competitor has been announced that will rival the lights of the Xperia Z, and that would be LG’s Optimus G Pro. Based on hardware specifications alone, the Optimus G Pro is one fantastic phone. Here’s a NTT DoCoMo site if you’re able to read Japanese. However, does it suit your taste in terms of features, design and form factor? We’ll be discussing all these here in our very own dogfight.

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Both smartphones spot 5″ Full HD displays with very different technologies. The Xperia Z (443 PPI) possesses the latest Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and OptiContrast Panel, both of which are BRAVIA technologies, matched along with sensor on lens technology on a TFT display. The Optimus G (440 PPI) integrates its glass surface with the touch sensor, similar to that on the Samsung Galaxy S3, on a True Full HD IPS display.

The Xperia Z weighs 146g at a thickness of only 7.9mm AND comes with a water and dust resistance chasis, whereas the Optimus G Pro weighs 160g with a thickness of 10.9mm.

The back-facing camera is the same at 13.1MP, but the Xperia Z includes Sony’s very own Exmor RS sensor (for low light shots) with HDR video recording capabilities. The Optimus G Pro has a 2.4MP front-facing camera, while the Xperia Z spots a 2.2MP Exmor R sensor (for low light shots).

In these aspects, we’ll think that the Xperia Z triumphs.

The processing chips are the same, running on the latest Snapdragon S4 Pro with quad-core Krait processors, Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The Xperia Z is clocked at 1.5GHz, while the Optimus G Pro’s speed is overclocked to the max at 1.7GHz.

Storage space on board for the Xperia Z is 16GB (expandable to 32GB) and for the Optimus G Pro is 32GB (expandable to 64GB). Powering the Xperia Z is a 2330mAh battery and the Optimus G Pro is a 3000mAh one.

In these aspects, we’ll think that the Optimus G Pro triumphs.

Other miscellaneous stuffs will be mentioned over here. Both devices are LTE enabled and supports bluetooth 4.0. The Optimus G Pro is able to capture using the front and back facing camera simultaneously, slide apps, include LG’s very own QuickMemo (for recording of notes). The Xperia Z offers a link to Xperia tablets via Xperia Link (includes charging capabilities), small apps, PlayStation store, Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and WALKMAN music player.

Smartphones have evolved once again for the year 2013. Which one of these devices will you choose? We’ll leave you with videos of the Optimus G Pro and the Xperia Z to better understand and compare them both.

LG Optimus G Pro

Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z, world’s 1st smartphone with HDR video!

With the new addition of the Exmor RS sensor on the Xperia Z, Sony is looking to create a standpoint of providing consumers with the best in media experience. In this case, Xperia Z will be the first smartphone to boast full HD video capturing capabilities with HDR. Now you can even capture videos against strong backlight! How cool is that? Here’s a sample of the difference when HDR is on and off. Note the window area with the greeneries!

As seen from the video, the exposure level is much better when HDR mode is turned on. Had problems with exposure levels when taking videos of your loved ones while you were at the beach? It’ll be a thing of the past with the Xperia Z.