Sony Mobile today announced a new budget smartphone dubbed the Xperia L1. Since the handset doesn’t really have any strong USP, the Xperia L1 will only be sold in select regions such as the Middle East.
The Xperia L1 features a 5.5-inch sized LCD display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution, which results in a rather low pixel density figure of 267 pixels per inch. Sony hasn’t revealed much regarding the display, except saying that it features a loop surface design and narrow borders. The panel type hasn’t been specified either, which could mean that the company is not using an IPS panel but a regular TFT LCD unit. The processor inside is the MediaTek MT6737T quad-core unit with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.45 GHz. For taking care of graphics processing, the chipset integrates the Mali-T720 MP2 GPU.
In terms of memory, the Xperia L1 includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is further expandable with a microSD card by up to 256GB. Unlike most Xperia models, the L1 does not have a high-res sensor at the back. Instead, it features a 13MP sensor paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens and support for up to ISO 3200. There is also 3x Clear Image Zoom, but we don’t really have high expectations from it as far as actual usability is concerned. The front-facing camera is a 5MP unit, coupled with a 24mm wide-angle f/2.2 aperture lens. On the connectivity front, the Xperia L1 includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS), Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, NFC, USB Type-C, Google Cast support, and 4G LTE (Cat.4).
For a budget phone, the Xperia L1 is likely to be quite decent in terms of battery life, thanks to a 2620mAh capacity battery inside with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. To extend battery life, you can use Sony’s STAMINA mode feature as well, although it will degrade performance, something that is not very desirable on a budget Android smartphone. Being a Sony smartphone, the Xperia L1 comes with the company’s signature xLOUD and Clear Audio+ technologies, along with stereo recording. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 151 x 74 x 8.7mm and weighs in at a hefty 180 grams. Color options include Black, White, and Pink. On the software front, the Xperia L1 will launch with the latest Android Nougat OS out of the box. No word yet on exactly when though.