Sony today went official with its mid/high-end Xperia SP smartphone, but also along for the ride was the Xperia L, a budget dual-core smartphone on the lower end of the mid-range spectrum but with a powerful camera.
The Xperia L sports an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera with Exmor RS sensor that is capable of recording both HDR photos and videos (resulting in better photos in low-light as well as against bright light sources), which is a feature found only on high-end offerings till now and makes up for the otherwise uninspiring spec sheet.
Apart from the camera, the Xperia L flaunts a 4.3-inch display of FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon S4 Play dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, VGA front-facing camera, 8GB built-in storage and microSD slot, Wi-Fi and HSPA+ connectivity, NFC support, 1,700 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Support for Sony’s One-Touch for connecting to NFC-enabled speakers, televisions and other devices via NFC is included.
Sony hasn’t included LTE connectivity on the Xperia L though, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue considering the device is headed only to Europe and Asia, sometime at the end of June this year in black, white and red colours. Pricing info wasn’t revealed, but the Xperia L should be quite light on your pocket if you decide to buy one.
The Xperia L is a good offering from Sony in the low-end, and though it might have some competition from LG’s upcoming LTE-enabled Optimus F5 considering the similar spec sheets on both, we’ll have to wait and see what HTC and Samsung bring to the table before passing judgement on which device provides the most value.
Sony Xperia L Specifications
- 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8230 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8-megapixel rear camera, HDR picture/video, 720p recording
- VGA front-facing camera
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD slot (up to 32GB)
- Wi-Fi, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, DLNA, MHL TV-Out
- 1,700 mAh battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, One-Touch NFC, Screen Mirroring