Sony Xperia SP Available for US Pre-Orders for $490, Shipping May 20 In Unlocked, LTE-Enabled Flavor

After making the top of the line Xperia Z and ZL available via its US online store, Sony has decided to show some love to its non-stinking rich American fans as well by putting the Xperia SP up for pre-orders.

Sony Xperia SP

The mid-range 4.6-inch fellow is to start shipping on May 20 in an unlocked, SIM-free and LTE-enabled flavor also known under the C5306 model number. The thing is not exactly dirt-cheap, but considering it can easily take on most of last year’s high-end smartphones you’ll probably find the $489.99 price point fair.

But before anything, let’s take a quick look at Xperia SP’s full spec sheet:

  • 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution and 319 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of on-board storage (5.8 GB user available)
  • MicroSD support
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA secondary cam
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2,370 mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0
  • 130.6 x 67.1 x 10 mm dimensions
  • 155 grams weight

So the Xperia SP is not quad-core and it doesn’t sport a Full HD panel. It also doesn’t come with the water and dust protection of its Z cousin, but the bang for the buck is still pretty darn impressive.

The 720p display is awesome, the 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU is zippy enough even for hardcore gamers, the 8 MP camera would have been state-of-the-art just six months ago and the battery should be good for up to 10 hours of continuous use in talk time.

The SP is a head-turner even if you don’t know what it packs beneath its hood, having a truly unique design and a great in-hand feel. The thing is sexy, but not tacky, solid, but not chunky and very, very elegant in both black and white.

And by the way, you can order either SP shade via Sony’s US online store at the moment. Alternatively, you can choose to do business with Amazon, which charges a more affordable $459.74 for the black, factory unlocked C5303.

That’s the “international”, 4G LTE-enabled model, which should work fine in the US. Then again, don’t come knocking on our door if this particular variant will not be capable of the same speeds on American shores as the C5306.

Now how about making the SP available in a subsidized form too, Sony?

Via [Sony US]