After its relatively popular flagship, the Xperia Z, Sony is preparing to launch two new devices for the low-end and the mid-end of the market, respectively. One is the Xperia L, which will target the low-end, and the other is Xperia SP, which will target the mid-end of the market.
Both phones look beautiful for this range of devices, as they feature an improved design style that we've seen on some of the latest premium Sony phones. I'm happy to see some of these beautiful flagship designs trickling down to lower end devices in the Android world.
The first one, the Xperia L, although it's meant as a low-end phone, features a dual core 1 Ghz S4 processor, a 4.3" screen, 854x480 resolution, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), NFC, 8MP camera with with HDR for both photo and video (better photos and videos in sunlight), and it comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The second phone, the mid-range one, called Xperia SP, comes with a dual core S4 processor, this time clocked at 1.7 Ghz, a 4.6" screen, 1280x720 resolution, 8 MP camera, 8 GB of storage (with expandable via microSD card), NFC, LTE, and Android 4.1. The phones seem to be pretty similar with the main difference being in processing power, resolution, and a larger screen size for the Xperia SP.
We don't have any information about the prices yet, but I suspect the price ranges would be quite mid-range for both. Don't expect any of them to be less than $200 unlocked. But considering the chips they have, both phones should perform very well, especially with the smooth Android Jelly Bean.
The displays should also be very good, even though the lower end one, the Xperia L, has a little too low PPI (228), but the Xperia SP has more than enough (320), especially for a mid-range phone. If Sony ties reasonable prices with these devices, they may have another couple of winners on their hands. They could also quickly become of the most favored Android company (perhaps to replace HTC, if they keep going downhill), although I still think they have some work to do on the high-end to improve their displays, their cameras, and get more cutting edge processors in their devices.