Notebookcheck

Sony Xperia L1

Specifications

Sony Xperia L1
Sony Xperia L1 (Xperia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, , 10.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20); bandwidth (download/upload): 150Mbps/​50Mbps; SAR value: 0.69W/​kg (head), 1.01W/​kg (body), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.7 x 151 x 74 ( = 0.34 x 5.94 x 2.91 in)
Battery
9.9 Wh, 2620 mAh Lithium-Ion, adaptive charging technology
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, contrast AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2, videos @1080p
Additional features
Speakers: speakers at the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB power supply USB cable, Xperia Lounge, AVG Protection, What's New, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio, Bluetooth aptX, , fanless
Weight
180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 68 g ( = 2.4 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
199 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 67.6% - average
Average of 13 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 43%, features: 53%, display: 74% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 71%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia L1

78.8% Sony Xperia L1 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Solid and good-looking. If you do not consider "solid" as an insult, but instead connect the word with reliability and trustworthiness, then the Sony Xperia L1 might be something for you. It offers solid performance, in the best sense of the word, in many areas. No more and no less.
70% Sony Xperia L1 review
Source: PC Advisor English
If design and screen size are you main preoccupations, then the L1 is definitely the budget phone you need. Its resemblance to Sony’s higher range smartphones and the large screen it offers make it one of the best looking phones of its price-range. The benchmark results and general slowness when multitasking hold it back, and if you plan on using it for intense gaming or video streaming, you might be better off with something else. If not, the L1 is an attractive budget phone and should be more than enough to satisfy your basic needs.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
Sony Xperia L1 quick review – Sony’s elegance in an affordable version
Source: Laptop Media English
Xperia L1 features the typical Sony design but unlike the higher-end models here the construction is fully plastic. A nice impression makes the presence of a USB Type-C but, on the other hand, here you won’t find a fingerprint sensor. Xperia L1 is aimed at people looking for larger working space as its screen is 5.5-inch. However, it is one of the main energy consumers and therefore, the available 2620mAh battery is not one of the most durable ones.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/04/2017
70% Sony Xperia L1 review
Source: PC Advisor English
If design and screen size are you main preoccupations, then the L1 is definitely the budget phone you need. Its resemblance to Sony’s higher range smartphones and the large screen it offers make it one of the best looking phones of its price-range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Sony Xperia L1
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Sony Xperia L1 isn’t a bad phone by any means, but there’s simply no good reason why you’d choose it over one of its illustrious rivals.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 50% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60%
60% Sony Xperia L1 review
Source: Stuff TV English
On the surface, the Xperia L1 is a respectable budget phone. It’s packing a big screen, decent camera and fairly restrained version of Android, all wrapped up in an attractive shell. Stick it in a line-up of other, more expensive Xperia phones and you’d struggle to tell it was the one that’s easiest on the wallet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Sony Xperia L1 review
Source: GSM Arena English
The Sony Xperia L1 is keen on getting a piece of the entry-level market, and you can tell by just looking at the phone and the spec sheet. For less than €200 you get an upmarket design and feel, a big screen, decent camera, fast network data and the latest Xperia launcher on Android Nougat. The L there may stand for many things but loser isn't one of them.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/23/2017
70% Sony Xperia L1 Review: Budget Moto G5 rival phone
Source: Recombu English
The Xperia L1 is your typical budget blower, offering some slick Sony styling for the £150 asking price. In some areas it lags behind rivals such as the Moto G5, especially when it comes to performance, while the camera tech isn’t quite as strong either. However, the capable screen, expandable storage and user-friendly interface combine for a satisfying everyday experience.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

66% Sony Xperia L1
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 66%
Sony Xperia L1 200-Euro-Smartphone von Sony
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/23/2017
Sony Xperia L1 solide Basis für Smartphone-Neulinge
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/21/2017
60% Análisis del Sony Xperia L1, un móvil económico con la esencia de Sony
Source: El Androide Libre Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
68% Recensione Sony Xperia L1
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 68% price: 60% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Recensione Sony Xperia L1
Source: Tutto App Android Italian IT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; decent cameras; good connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2017
67% Sony Xperia L1 – test budżetowego urządzenia z aspiracjami
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 67% performance: 55% display: 70% mobility: 75% workmanship: 65%
68% Đánh giá chi tiết Sony Xperia L1: Đẹp thôi liệu đã đủ?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 68%
Cận cảnh trên tay Sony Xperia L1 phiên bản màu trắng thanh tao
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Elegant design; large screen; decent cameras. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2017
Xperia L1 Dual: Phép thử của Sony ở nhóm di động giá rẻ
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Low price; nice cameras; good display; decent performance; long battery life. Negative: Plastic case; mediocre design; no fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/12/2017
Mở hộp Xperia L1 chính hãng: Thiết kế đẹp như Flagship, đối thủ mới của Nokia 5
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; good price; decent display. Negative: Plastic case; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/21/2017
Đánh giá Sony Xperia L1: Thiết kế giống XZ Premium, giá dưới 5 triệu, chuẩn bị bán tại VN
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good price; nice display; decent cameras; high performance. Negative: Mediocre design; plastic case.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/28/2017
Xperia L1 – бюджетният “убиец” на SONY
Source: Mobility.bg BU→EN
Positive: Metal case; decent hardware; nice display; good price; elegant design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/20/2017
Ревю на Xperia L1 – елегантността на Sony в достъпна за бюджета ви версия
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Elegant design; good connectivity; fast charging; large screen; nice display. Negative: Plastic case; no fingerprint sensor; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2017
75% Test Sony Xperia L1
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
66% Sony Xperia L1 testad
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 66%

Comment

Model:

Sony Xperia L1 is a mid-range smartphone that Sony just released to please the majority. It’s a big-screen replacement for the Xperia E, one that borrows more than a bit of design inspiration from Sony’s more expensive models. The smartphone has a 3.5mm headphone port on the top, microSD card slot built in next to the SIM card tray, and USB-C charging on the bottom. There is only a single speaker, but if a user turns on the xLOUD setting, it becomes really loud. The chassis is made of polycarbonate shell which is much grippier than glass or polished metal. It won’t turn into a mess of smudges and fingerprints as soon as user pick it up. The Sony Xperia L1 features a 5.5-inch screen. It makes do with a 720p panel, which equates to a lowly 267ppi display density. That’s enough to see individual pixels without breaking out the magnifying glass, but only if a user gets their nose right up to the screen. Brightness is very impressive for a budget phone, boosting up to very high levels in Auto mode when you step outdoors. A user shouldn’t struggle to see what’s on screen, even on very sunny days. Colour accuracy is pretty decent too. The screen delivers realistic images with the vibrancy expected, without becoming overblown.

Sony puts a lot of stock in its phone cameras, so it is expected that the Xperia L1’s 13MP snapper to be pretty decent. Feed it enough light and be rewarded with colorful, yet realistic photos with a respectable amount of detail. Zoom in and quickly spot the noise and lack of resolution, but most of the shots should still be fine for sharing online. The f/2.2 lens isn’t especially wide. With no optical image stabilization, low light shooting can be a bit of a challenge. User will need a steady hand and patience to get great results using the manual mode. Sony always had a light touch when it comes to customizing Android, and the Xperia L1 is no different. It’s running Nougat out of the box, with Sony’s familiar icons replacing Google’s own and the Swiftkey keyboard installed by default. A user can always add a theme if they want a different look. A user gets a good old fashioned app drawer, plus a handy recent apps list when the user swipes down on the home screen. The app drawer is pretty full, as Sony does like to add its own versions of Google’s apps. If there’s one part of the Xperia L1 that really gives the game away, it’s the MediaTek MT6737T CPU. It might be low-powered, but that also means the CPU isn’t a massive power drain. Despite the comparatively tiny 2620mAh battery, the Xperia L1 can manage a respectable eight hours of web browsing, social media scrolling, and photo snapping. 

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

ARM Mali-T720 MP2: Integrated graphics card in ARM based SoCs. Can be configured with up to 8 cores (T720 MP8) and 650 MHz core clock (at 28nm). Supports OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 FL9_3, and Renderscript.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

MT6737T: ARM-based quad-core SoC (4x Cortex-A53) clocked at up to 1.5 GHz.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

5.5":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.18 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.


67.6%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

Sony Xperia L2
Mali-T720 MP2

Similar devices from a different Manufacturer

Archos Sense 55s
Mali-T720 MP2
Archos Sense 55dc
Mali-T720 MP2
BQ BQ-5203 Vision
Mali-T720 MP2
UMI C Note
Mali-T720 MP2
Elephone S7 Mini
Mali-T720 MP2

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Prestigio Muze G5 LTE
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
BQ RU BQ-5202 Space Lite
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
BQ RU BQ-5206L Balance
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Philips S327
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Samsung Galaxy J4 2018
Mali-T720 MP2, Exynos 7570 Quad
Philips S395
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Bluboo D5 Pro
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
BQ RU BQ 5701L Slim
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
BQ RU BQ-5507L Iron Max
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Allview V3 Viper
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Blackview S6
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Sharp R1
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Ulefone Mix 2
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
UHANS Note 4
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Prestigio Grace R5 LTE
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
BQ BQ-5504 Strike Selfie Max
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
BQ BQ-5510 Strike Power Max 4G
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Wiko UPulse Lite
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Ulefone S8 Pro
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Panasonic P55 Max
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Panasonic Eluga Ray X
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Prestigio Grace S7
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737
Current Prices
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Library > Sony > Sony Xperia L1
Stefan Hinum, 2017-06-27 (Update: 2017-06-27)