Sony recently launched a couple of new smartphones at CES among which was the Xperia L2. This phone has finally hit the Indian market and will compete in the upper end of the budget smartphone range. It will compete closely against phones like the Samsung Galaxy A7 and the Vivo V7 Plus. The phone is priced at Rs. 19,990 and will be available at offline retail stores across the country. This is an offline exclusive and won’t be available on online stores. Let’s have a closer look at what this phone has to offer.
Display and Design
The Xperia L2 rocks a decently sized 5.5-inch HD display having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Although the screen is large enough, it being a mere HD one brings the pixel density to a point of being unacceptable, especially for the price it is offered at. Speaking about its design, the phone sports a metal design. Unfortunately it doesn’t have a bezel-less display like some of its competitors. On the back is where its fingerprint sensor is located.
Performance and Storage
Underneath its hood, the phone is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor ticking at 1.53GHz. This is coupled with 3GB of RAM for smooth multitasking. On the storage front, the phone packs in 32GB of storage which can be expanded up to 256GB externally through a microSD card slot.
Camera and Software
In the camera department, the phone rocks two sets of cameras on either sides of the phone. The primary camera is located on the back and comprises of a 13-megapixel sensor. This is accompanied with an LED flash for low-light photography. On the front, the Xperia L2 houses an 8-megapixel camera which is also accompanied with a front facing flash. This allows the phone to capture good selfies even in poor lighting. On the software side of things, the phone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Considering the phone is launching in 2018, it was expected it to run on Oreo instead, however the phone should receive an update to Android 8.0 soon.
Connectivity and Battery
The phone offers all the conventional solutions as far as connectivity is concerned including support for WiFi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G and 4G with VoLTE. The phone also incorporates an NFC sensor which is located below the rear camera. For charging and data transfer, the phone features a USB Type-C port located on the bottom. The phone draws power from a 3300mAh non user-removable battery located underneath its body. The phone also offers support for Qnovo Adaptive Charging which is Sony’s take at fast charging this phone’s battery.
Overall, the phone’s internals seem dated, for example, it has a slightly updated processor over the Mediatek MT6737 which can be found on phones like the Moto C Plus which costs about Rs. 7000. On the other hand, the devices it competes against offer not only better internals but also a better camera setup – the Vivo V7 Plus for example. However, if you are a Sony fan and have a budget of just under Rs. 20,000 then this phone may be the best fit for you.