Sony has finally released two mid ranged smartphones- Xperia SP and Xperia L. The Xperia L gives importance to its camera. It is really a good thing that Sony was not carried away by the success of its flagship Xperia Z smartphone. Even at this time, when Xperia Z catches thousands of minds, Sony is releasing more budget friendly smartphones. Some carriers have started taking pre- orders for Xperia L already.
Design and Exterior:
Though Xperia L has a plastic finished body, it does not give the impression of a cheap one. The rear side of the device is curved, and finished in plastic, which means that the device will have enough grip and it will be easy to hold. The device is thicker at its bottom, which will not be a feature liked by all alike. But in the middle, the device has a measurement of 130.6×67.1×9.98mm, which is thin.
The power/ lock key is located half way half way down the right hand side of the handset. The volume rocker and the camera key are also there on the right side of the phone. The 3.5mm headphone jack rests on the top of the phone and the left side of the phone has the micro USB port.
There is one flaw in the design of the device. The bottom portion of the phone looks all bulky. As the phone has a thicker, plasticky bottom, below the display screen, it gives an impression of a cheap unwanted bulk. Sony's this design does not seem well thought.
The display is where Sony has cut down the features. It has a display screen of 4.3 inches. But the poor resolution and poorer Pixel density makes it a less favoured handset. It has a resolution of 480×854 pixels, with a pixel density of 228 ppi. That means, you will be able to see the pixels without much effort. That is definitely not a good thing. The screen allows multi touch, but only up to four fingers. But the viewing angels are not that good. It might not be that much concerned a matter as you will not be sharing your smartphone with others so often.
CPU and Performance:
Xperia L has a Dual-core 1 GHz CPU with Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon chipset. This is named as an age of Quad cores, of course. But, with in this range and with this much features, we can not complain to Sony for not having a quad core CPU.
Xperia L features Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It provides you seven different home screens and a special home screen editor, which enables you to edit the home screen by allowing you to edit the short cuts, apps and widgets, and also allowing you to choose different wall papers and themes. In short, you can personalise Xperia L in the real sense.
As any smartphones of the decade, Xperia L also has twin cameras. A rear one and a front camera for video calling and self- snaps. As mentioned earlier, Sony has given much importance to the camera features of Xperia L. It has a primary rear camera of 8MP, with the support of an LED flash. The camera has HDR and panorama modes. The 3264×2448 pixels camera has auto focusing function too.
Xperia L also has a front VGA camera. But, as in any other smartphones, it is the primary camera that shines. The dedicated camera button frees yourself from the on screen shutter. It also gives you an easy access to the camera features also.
Internet and Connectivity:
The handset features 2G and 3G connections. GPRS, EDGE, SPEDD, Wi- Fi and Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP are supported by Xperia L. It has USB with microUSB v2.0 and GPS with A-GPS support.
Xperia L has IGB RAM. Out of the 8GB internal storage memory, only 5.5GB will be available for the users. So, you will be definitely thanking to the micro sd card slot. But it can support memory only up to 32 GB.
Xperia L packs a Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, which is removable easily by opening the rear side of the phone. According to the claims of the company, the battery can give you a standby time up to 498 h on 2G network and up to 454 h on 3G network. It can give you a talk time up to 8 h 30 min on 2G network and up to 9 h on 3G network. It is really a good thing that the batter is removable. You can always have an extra back up, if you are an ardent traveller.
Unlike the flagship smartphone of Sony, the Xperia Z, Xperia L is comparatively mid ranged in its cost. It will be having a price tag approximately of 19,000/- Indian Rupees. Though the company has not declared the exact releasing date of the device, some online carriers have already started taking pre orders.
The Xperia L will be coming in three different colours- Black, White and Red.
According to the early signs, Xperia L will have a pretty long stay in the market. Unlike some other mid/ low ranged smartphones, Xperia L has not gone for any disappointing compromises on its spec sheet. At this range, it will be a good option, it seems.
• Mid ranged price tag
• Good camera
• Removable Battery
• Front Camera available
• Poor viewing angles
• Poor pixel density
• Odd design
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