Sony Xperia L Review: Affordable… eXperience

Sony keeps on unveiling new devices for every type of... wallets, covering as much as possible the communicating needs of all kinds of users. After the huge success of its Xperia Z flagship, the company relies on the looks of the esteemed device and has unveiled several model we're just dying to review in the days to come.

After the huge success of Xperia Z - and the Xperia ZL- Sony unveiled its Xperia SP and Xperia L smartphones, along with Xperia RL and Xperia UL in Japan. Thanks to the huge success of the Xperia Z flagship, Sony is slowly returning fiercely in the markets covering up most of the ground it had lost.



The Xperia L device we have in our hands is an affordable mid-ranger addressed to users who wish to invest as less as possible to their new smartphone. The device bares a lot resemblance to the Xperia Z and Xperia SP smartphones, but in fact it looks alot like the Xperia T and Xperia E/Arc, thanks to its arc style back side. On the back side the plastic it's made of has a rubbery, awesome texture that leads to an excellent feeling when you hold it. The device is available in black, white and red color, with the last one (red) being my favorite.



On the sides of the device we can find the volume rocker, the on/off button and the camera shutter key at the exact place where it should be in order to shoot photos with it.

Xperia-L-5Those of you who are going to buy it, will be glad to know that you'll be buying a smartphone with a 4.3 inch TFT display (480 x 854 pixels) with 228 pixel density. It measures 128,7 x 65 x 9,7 mm and it weighs 137 gr. It also packs a scratch resistant glass on its display, that has a quite good viewing angle even under direct sunlight.


The Xperia L packs an Exmor RS camera with an 8.0MPixels resolution (4:3 ratio, if you want 16:9 you will have to live with just 5.0MPixels), and 720p video recording capability, along with HDR and Image stabilization features. It also supports autofocus and LED flash that live up to the idea of a 299€ smartphone in your hands. There's also a front VGA camera for video calls of course, in case you need them. The device packs almost the same image capturing software like the one we ound in the Xperia Z model with a lot of bells and whistles that allow you to have an excellent final result.



As far as hardware is... concerned, the Xperia L features a Qualcomm MSM8230 SSoC @ 1GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU. There's also 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a microSD slot compatible with cards up to 32GB in size. The device also supports DLNA, NFC, dual-band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS technologies, along with an FM Radio receiver. Unfortunately there's no 4G/LTE support.

Have a look at our photo samples from the main camera of Xperia L





In order to approach the microSD slot you just have to remove the back cover of the device, and gain access to the SIM slot, and the removable 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery, that will last for almost a day of full use of the device. If you want it to last a little bit longer, then you just set to ON the STAMINA mode of the device and you;ll be able to get almost half a day more of juice.



On the lower side of the smartphones, there's a notification LED that changes its light emission according to the requested features of the device. So it turns red when charging, green when its charged, or it changes its color to match the colors of the image you're watching on the display. It's not that sophisticated of course like the one used by the Xperia SP (and that can be programmed to do what you wish) but it will surely do the job.



The Xperia L runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and packs the Sony Xperia Z UI we all know from Sony's latest devices. There are also some common applications, such as Movies, Walkman, Album etc.

Have a look at some benchmarking  screenshots of the Sony Xperia L






To sum it up, the Sony Xperia L will be facing fierce competition in this price range (under 299€) especially by some MediaTek SoC equipped Chinese smartphones. Still it did really well and impressed me during the days I had it in my hands. If you're looking for a device in this price range then Sony's Xperia L is a keeper.

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