The unlocked 4.6-inch Sony Xperia SP smartphone is now up for pre-orders in the United States for $489.99. Few months back, the Japan based Sony Corp. introduced this mid-range device with its global availability set to Q2 of this year. As expected, Sony will release the Xperia SP in the US this month on May 20.

Xperia SP features a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with a resolution of 1280 x 720p powered by the Sony Bravia Engine 2 display technology. This smartphone is based on Qualcomm 1.7 GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro processor along with 1 GB of on-board RAM. The device will be shipped with internal storage of 8GB which can be expanded up to 32GB via the MicroSD card slot.

The handset comes with an 8-megapixel Exmor RS camera on the back along with a VGA front-shooter camera. It is backed by a 2370 mAh battery and runs the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

The Sony Xperia SP imprints XSPC5306WH as its model number and has support for NFC, HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100), LTE (Band I/II/IV/V), MHL and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It should be noted here that this C5306 variant brings the North American LTE compatibility for the high-speed data transfers & wireless communication.

Sony Xperia SP is similar to the Sony’s flagship Xperia ZL in terms of design but features a more mid-range spec list than the Xperia ZL. The 4.6-inch Xperia SP is slightly smaller than the 5-inch Xperia ZL which could make SP more appealing among those buyers who are fond of small screens instead of owing a gigantic one.

The willing customers can book the SIM-free black or white variants of Sony Xperia SP from the Sony’s U.S. based online store for $489.99, and the corresponding orders are expected to begin shipping out on May 20.