Sony’s 4.3-inch Dual-core Android Smartphone – Xperia L (L = Lite) another addition to mid-range with up-to-date taste and solid-build of the mobile device.
Sony Xperia L Unit Box!
Manual, Information and Warranty
Micro USB cable, Micro USB Data Sync / Charger, and the 3.5mm Headset earphone with mic.
The Sony Xperia L has the form factor of an arc/curve style (which reminds us the design of Xperia Arc – old design meets modern style). Exterior parts made in solid and sturdy type plastic, with a combination of silver metal type on the bezels. Speaking of bezels, the Xperia L’s wide bezels has its usage to user’s end – perhaps if the user requires more space to handle the phone then bezels does the job. The curved edge allows you to feel the entire phone itself, making it easy to grip on. The removable back cover is made of plastic matte finish (did we say it’s removable?), yep it’s removable so you can have an easy access to your SD card, SIM card and to the removable battery. Pocketable, comfort design and easy to handle/control for this device. Structure Built Rating: 8/10
From the Sides
The top side (3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA) connector – with xLoud Experience)
Top – front side (top middle is the earpiece, and from the left side of it is the VGA front-facing camera and the ambient light sensor)
Front – bottom side (Microphone between the bezels and front glass)
There is also LED light notifications for messaging, charging, and for other services.
The right side (Volume Keys up and down, Power button On/Off/Sleep/Wake and the camera shot button. The power button is in silver type of button while the volume keys and camera shot button is in some sort of rubberized plastic.)
From this image angle you will see the phone strap hole.
The left side (Micro USB slot for data/charging)
From here you able to see the little hole type that will allows you to pop-up the back cover of the phone.
The Front Part of Sony Xperia L
Unveiling the 4.3-inch TFT LCD 854 x 480 pixels capacitive touch screen, with scratch-resistant glass protection, with low pixel-per-inch ratio (~240ppi), and No bravia engine. Over the compromises, is due the price cost of the phone.
From bottom part, on-screen navigation controls (Back, Menu, and Show Taskbars).
Brightness and contrast looks good. Expect hiccups on outdoor light conditions, which is not phone’s forte. Above everything else, Xperia L is worth to have considering the reasonable price. Disadvantage: Lower screen resolution. No Bravia Engine. Display Rating: 6/10
The Back Part of Sony Xperia L
Covered with sturdy matte plastic (looks like a sparkling paint job finish), with 8.0-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with LED Flash and above of it is the secondary microphone with noise cancellation. Pop-up the back plate then you will see the standard SIM and the Micro SD slots.
The NFC transmitter is integrated to the back cover of the phone, so be wary not to break it.
From below part of it, is the External Audio Speaker.
Audio Rating via External Audio Speaker (Loudspeaker): 7/10
Screenshots in Sony Xperia L (See what’s inside of it – click it to enlarge) BACK TO TOP
CAMERA IN DETAILS: BACK TO TOP
Sony Xperia L is equipped with 8MP rear camera capable of producing 3248 x 2448 resolutions. Combine with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile image sensor for snappier performance and a good quality of photos. Other features HDR mode, Face detection, smile shutter, geotagging, touch capture and alike is the forte of this device. Dedicated camera button is present for an actual touch to capture the photo.
As for any camera usages, it can be the source of draining your battery. The Xperia L’s camera has fine on details, with good white saturation, noise is quite fair. Blurry photos may hard to avoid it may be due to light/shade conditions. HDR feature could be a helping hand but far from flawless images.
Xperia L (NON-HDR) – Photo is dark, no add-on details
Xperia L (HDR) – Photo adds more light into it, fine in details
Xperia L (Minimal Light in the Room)
Photo/Image Capture Rating: 7/10
VIDEO IN DETAILS: BACK TO TOP
The Xperia L is capable to do video capture at HD 720p in its rear camera and does well on taking HD video quality shots. In normal video recording (without HDR mode) you will notice that the video is quite dark. However, if you used the HDR mode, it illuminates the video itself. The Xperia L can also capture still shots while at recording video but it can only produce in 1MP resolution.
Sony Xperia L (without HDR) SAMPLE VIDEO SHOOT via Youtube
Sony Xperia L (with HDR) SAMPLE VIDEO SHOOT via Youtube
Video Recording/Capture Rating: 7/10
Sony Xperia L in Details (Specs, Apps, Games, Features…) BACK TO TOP
Sony Xperia L is equipped with 1GHz Dual-core processor, Qualcomm MSM8230 Chipset, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 305 of GPU, which does the job as for mid-range smartphone. It can perform mid-tier games and selected high-end games. Expect to experience bottleneck on playing other high end games.
Sony Xperia L is also bundled with 8GB of internal storage (5.6GB on user storage), and can be expanded via microSD card slot up to 32GB. You cannot install games/apps directly to its microSD card, which will leads to your limited installed of apps.
On the Wi-Fi integrity, works well enough for the entire day or two (depends on the usage) within the 4.3-inch. In terms of web browsing experience, screen size makes the webpage viewing difficult, the promising thing you will have is the smooth transition between tabs and website area. You may also require to zoom in and out to get thru the website area. Other connectivity works well with no issues.
In terms of Battery, Xperia L is equipped with Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, good for 1-2 days of usage (normal to moderate usage).
Running on Operating System: Android 4.2.2
SIM: Regular (Mini) SIM card slot
Network Band: UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) Mhz (not available in all markets), UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) (not available in all markets), GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
CPU | CHIPSET: 1GHz Dual-core | Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon
GPU: Adreno 305
INTERNAL STORAGE: 8GB ROM (User accessible up to 5.6GB), Expandable via microSD card slot up to 32GB | RAM: 1GB>
Display: 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 854 x 480 pixels, (~240 ppi pixel density), Multitouch up to 4 points, 16M colors
Camera: REAR: 8 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, Autofocus, LED Flash, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Geo-tagging, Face detection, Smile detection, HDR for both picture/film, HD video recording (720p), Touch focus, Sweep Panorama, Exmor R for mobile image sensor | FRONT: VGA, Front-facing camera for video calls
CONNECTIVITY AND COMMUNICATION: Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n | Wi-Fi Direct | Wi-Fi hotspot | DLNA Certified | aGPS | 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA) | Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology | NFC | Native USB tethering | Media Transfer Protocol support | Media Go | PC Companion | Screen mirroring | Synchronisation via SyncML™, with computer and via Microsoft | Exchange ActiveSync | WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom | Xperia Link
ENTERTAINMENT/MULTIMEDIA: 3D games | Motions gaming | FM Radio with RDS | Video streaming | Music and Video Player | External Loudspeaker | PlayStation Certified | Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) | Sony Entertainment Network | “WALKMAN” application | Manual equaliser | xLOUD Experience | Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase | Audio recording
SENSORS: Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Direction Sensor, Light Sensor, E-compass
BATTERY/PERFORMACE: Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh | Talk time (up to): Up to 8 hours 30 min | Standby time (up to): Up to 498 hours | Music listening time (up to): 43 hours | Video playback time (up to): 7 hours and 36 mins| STAMINA Mode
DIMENSION | WEIGHT: 128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm (5 x 2 x 0.37 inches) | 137 grams (4.83 oz)
AVAILABLE COLORS: Black, White, Red
IN THE BOX: Manual, Information and Warranty | Unit itself | Micro USB cable | Micro USB Charger | 3.5mm Headset earphone with microphone.
SONY XPERIA L ANTUTU SCORE/DETAILS: BACK TO TOP
As expected in turns out to be in the midrange mobile device.
Antutu Scores: 12246
SONY XPERIA L – SOME 3D GAMES THAT YOU CAN PLAY: BACK TO TOP
ASPHALT 8 AIRBORNE
(Graphics at High, works great!)
GAMEPLAY: Can play Mid-tier games well and also some High-end games, but don’t pressure it to break, alright?
Wondering Sony Xperia L Price? BACK TO TOP
PHP 11,590.00SRP at Official Sony Philippines Website
PHP 9,500.00at cmkcellphones.com
TO SUM UP:REAL TALK:
Well design, with neat specs underneath, curvy, can hold it easily by one-hand. Some specs were compromise due to the reasonable price of Xperia L. In the end of the day, Xperia L is a worth to own Dual-core Smartphone with Mid-tier qualities. Overall rate: 7/10 (Mid-tier Smartphone)
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