Sony Xperia SP M35h Review

Posted on May 16 2013 - 8:43pm by rickychew
  • Design
  • Processor
  • Camera
  • Display

Sony Xperia SP M35h is the latest smartphone from Xperia Series. Despite of the clear gap with Sony flagship Xperia Z L36h, its performance to cope with daily usage is more than sufficient. Before a full review of Sony Xperia SP M35h, let’s us recap on the specification of this upcoming mid-range smartphone from Sony.

Sony Xperia SP is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with expandable microSD card slot, up to 32GB. With a simply glance on it, the specification is quite similar to Samsung Galaxy Grand Duo except for a lower processor speed from Grand. It is pretty standard to see Sony Xperia SP with a 4.6 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, 319 ppi pixel density. In term of camera, Sony Xperia SP comes along with 8MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Common camera features such as image stabilization, HDR, face and smile detection are also included.

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Sony Xperia SP M35h Review

As compared to flagship products and “poor” entry-level product, mid range phone indeed stands a prominent role to win the competition against popular brand like Samsung. Sony Xperia SP is this type of products. Is this product going to impress you with the classic design regression? Let’s take a glimpse on it.

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Sony Xperia SP could be some sort of smartphone which hardly give an accurate assessment on it merely based on its appearance. The Sense of design is good, but it is not easy to link  with Sony’s basic design.

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Does it look alike to HTC?

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If this is not of SONY Xperia logo on the front and back, or transparent bar at the bottom, or a metal circular power button, you may mistakenly direct it as a product manufactured by HTC. Due to the metal frame and the design of the front corners, the overall texture will have a similar feeling as the HTC phone.

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It could be exclusive design for Sony to include the transparent bar at the bottom of the phone. As in Xperia SP, instead of separating main screen and capacitive touch button, the transparent bar is now located at the most bottom of the device. Besides, it’s now come with multiple choice of color to be chosen for the indication.

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4.6 Inches, Conform sense of control

Equipped with a 4.6-inch screen, most people feel a little pressure on the handling such a giant. However, the actual experience on Sony Xperia SP did not bring much of a problem, it can not help where a considerable part of the area are not easily point to press, but its body width control very good, and holding up without any problem.

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User Interface

Sony M35h is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and for the characteristics of the system we are not specifically described in this article. We could easily verify Sony Xperia SP from its exclusive Sony Xperia User Interface. Interface layout and initial backgrounds of Sony Xperia P is the continuation of the Sony Ericsson smartphone style. However, from the lock screen, we does impressed by detailed design of Xperia SP.

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Sony Xperia SP uses the same lock screen as Sony Xperia Z

With the exclusive lock screen by Sony, we can simply slide through any area across the screen to unlock. It is much easier and convenient comparing to Apple iOS whereby a precise motion required to unlock the screen.

Sony Xperia SP User Interface

Sony Xperia SP Music

Sony Xperia SP Mobile BRAVIA Engine


Camera is now a major subsidiary function of a smartphone. For Sony Xperia SP, the picture quality is good, fast image processing is often referred to as our own superior picture quality standard. However, at this point, Sony Xperia SP M35h gave us different perspective. Sony Xperia SP has an Exmor RS stacked CMOS, the maximum number of pixels up to 8 megapixels.

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As a mid range smartphone, we expect it would fall under the flagship from Samsung, HTC or Sony itself. From the Antutu Benchmark, Sony Xperia SP achieve a score of 14882 which falls between HTC One X + and Google Nexus 10.

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Battery Life Test

Without STAMINA mode, Sony Xperia SP survive for 1 day 20 hour of fair usage of the phone. A drop of 20% after 1 hour of photo taking, with screen active most of the time, brightness set to medium and 20 photos taken.

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From the overall product performance, Sony Xperia SP M35h is a full-highlights products. Classic transparent strip regression, the desktop plug-ins and settings using a variety of thoughtful features gave much convenience to users. No significant disadvantage based on overall experience with Sony Xperia SP M35h. For low demanding users, the Sony Xperia SP M35h is good in appearance and practical device.

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