Sony Xperia L Android phone (preview)

A low-end Android phone with some impressive camera features

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Pros

  • HDR photos and videos
  • Compact size
  • microSD card slot

Cons

  • No 4G
  • No Australian ETA

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Despite entry-level specifications and a likely low price, the Xperia L appears to be targeting snap happy consumers with an 8-megapixel camera that can capture HDR photos and videos.

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The Sony Xperia L is the company's latest low-to-mid range Android smartphone. Despite entry-level specifications, the Xperia L appears to be targeting snap happy consumers with an 8-megapixel camera that can capture HDR photos and videos.

Unlike the mid-range Xperia SP, the Xperia L doesn't use an aluminium frame. Sony claims the phone "is neither too big nor too small", so it's likely to suit users who might find many flagship Android phones too large to handle. The Xperia L weighs 137 grams and measures 9.7mm thick, so it's going to be easy to slip in and out of a pocket.

The Xperia L will be available in black, red and white variants and features a similar aluminium power button to its flagship sibling, the Xperia Z. There's also a dedicated camera button on the side, a feature absent from many smartphones on the market.

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Sony claims the Xperia L "is neither too big nor too small".

The Xperia L lacks the Xperia SP's distinctive transparent panel below the screen but there's an LED strip for notification alerts near the bottom of the phone. Users won't be able to change the colour of the light, though, unlike the SP.

The Sony Xperia L is equipped with specifications you would expect from a phone at the lower end of the market. It's powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and includes 8GB of internal memory. Thankfully, there's a microSD card slot to add extra storage should you need it.

The Xperia L has a 4.3in screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels. That gives it a pixel density of 228ppi, which is quite good considering its position in the market. The Xperia L comes with built-in NFC connectivity but it isn't a 4G phone.

The Xperia L will be available in black, red and white variants.
The Xperia L will be available in black, red and white variants.

The most notable feature of the Xperia L is an 8-megapixel rear camera with Sony's Exmor RS image sensor. The camera can capture HDR photos and video, which is a rarity on most smartphones in this segment of the market. The Sony image sensor claims to offer higher sensitivity and less image noise in low light areas than traditional mobile phone cameras. A front-facing VGA camera handles video calls.

Sony will launch the Xperia L with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Battery Stamina mode feature seen on the Xperia Z is a nice touch given the expected, competitive price. It prevents applications from running when the screen is locked, therefore saving power of the 1700mAh battery.

The Xperia L's 8-megapixel camera can capture HDR photos and videos.
The Xperia L's 8-megapixel camera can capture HDR photos and videos.

Sony hasn't confirmed specific Australia details for the Xperia L, but the phone is set to be available worldwide in Q2 2013.

A promotional video of the Xperia L can be viewed below.

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victorio

4.0

1

Pros
the performace is very descent antutu benchmark scores..10102,nenamark 60.2 fps
Cons
the screen quality,but it is still descent for this specs and price
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good performance,good battery life depending still on user..
great design. 11k price here in the philippines

Udit Shah

4.5

2

Pros
Processer, camera, microSD card slot, Camera button on the side, aluminium power button, PlayStation powered games, lovely battery.... much more!
Cons
No BE2(BraviaEngine 2), no 1080pi video recording, lame front camera,
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I have real high expectations from SONY and no doubt Xperia L is amazing.... But I am a little disappointed with the front camera and quality of video rec.... Moreover, BE2 is missing, which I expected would be present in all phones that SONY produces! Still a crazy phone with great features!

Will I buy it? YES

chandu

5.0

3

Pros
camera,memory,RAM,design,processor
Cons
dual sim,4g,price
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my point of view..specs is acceptable and best if it s 18k...20k is bad sign for sony...if it is 18k it would have dominated samsung and sony trend will be zoooooomed.yup.

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