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Sony Xperia L2 Smartphone Review

Thomas Meyer, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Alex Alderson), 02/27/2018

CES novelty in review. Presented by Sony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Sony Xperia L2 is currently the Japanese manufacturer's cheapest smartphone. The €249 (~$307; RRP) device, which has a fingerprint scanner and runs Android 7.1.1, is now available in Germany. Find out how the Xperia L2 fares in our tests.

The Sony Xperia L2 has a 5.5-inch HD 720p display.
The Sony Xperia L2 has a 5.5-inch HD 720p display.

Sony has tried to pitch itself as a high-end smartphone manufacturer with its XZ series, but the Japanese manufacturer has a tradition of releasing mid-range hardware too. The Xperia L2 falls into the latter of those categories and is in direct competition with the Motorola Moto G5S Plus, the Nokia 6Huawei P Smart, and the Samsung Galaxy J7. The Xperia L2 is more expensive than all our comparison devices with the exception of the Galaxy J7, which is equally priced; the P Smart is €10 (~$12) cheaper, while the G5S Plus and Nokia 6 are both €30 (~$37) cheaper. The Xperia L2 shares its 5.5-inch display with all but the Huawei P Smart, whose display is slightly larger. Equally, they all come with 32 GB of internal storage and Android Nougat 7.1.1. While the Xperia L2 has a recommended retail price of €249 (~$307), it is available online for €220 (~$271).

Whereas our comparison devices all have a full HD 1080p display, the Xperia has only a HD 720p panel. The device measures 150 x 78 x 9.8 mm (~5.9 x 3.1 x 0.4 in) and includes a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the case. There is no dust or water proofing though.

The Xperia L2 is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor and 3 GB of RAM. The device supports microSD expansion, allowing the 32 GB of internal storage to be expanded by up to 256 GB. The Xperia L2 has a 3,300 mAh non-removable battery and supports up to 400 MBit download and 150 MBit upload speeds over LTE.

The Xperia L2 has 13 MP main camera that supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and optical image stabilization (OIS) while also being able to shoot full HD videos at up to 60 FPS. The device has an 8 MP front-facing camera.

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Sony Xperia L2 (Xperia Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-T720 MP2, Core: 600 MHz
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 267 PPI, IPS, Scratch resistant glass, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, , 19 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Hall effect sensor, USB 2.0 Type-C
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS: 800/850/900/1900/2100 MHz, LTE:800/1800/2100/2600 MHz, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.8 x 150 x 78 ( = 0.39 x 5.91 x 3.07 in)
Battery
3300 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0 aperture, 1/3.06" camera sensor, three stage Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO 3,200
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, USB Type-C cable, power supply, headphones, sim tray removal tool, AVG Protection, Sony Album, Sony PlayStation, Sony Xperia Lounge, Sony What's New, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.64 W/kg, fanless
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 48 g ( = 1.69 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Xperia L2 has a simple yet solid plastic case, unlike its premium XZ series siblings, the Xperia XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact. The Xperia L2 has a 3,300 mAh non-removable battery, the inability to remove batteries being a common occurrence with Sony smartphones. The device weighs 178 g (~6.3 oz) with dimensions of 150 x 78 x 9.8 mm (~5.9 x 3.1 x 0.4 in). The Xperia’s width and weight make one-handed use difficult.

Sony has placed the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the Xperia L2. This is a departure for Sony who, as with the XZ series, typically integrates fingerprint scanners within the power button on the side of their devices. This placement is common place with Android smartphones though, and as such the fingerprint scanner is easy and reliable to use. We found that the Xperia L2 only struggled to recognize fingerprints that were dirty or wet. Sadly, Sony has omitted a dedicated two stage camera button, something which even low-end Sony smartphones used to have.

The Xperia L2 is neither water nor dust resistant, and is available in black, gold or pink.

The Sony Xperia L2 lacks a camera button.
The Sony Xperia L2 lacks a camera button.
The Sony Xperia L2 is available not only in gold, but also in black and pink.
Sony have placed the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the case.
The Xperia L2's case is neither water nor dust resistant.

Size comparison

154 mm / 6.06 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs153.5 mm / 6.04 inch 76.2 mm / 3 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 170 g0.3748 lbs152.5 mm / 6 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 181 g0.399 lbs150 mm / 5.91 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs150.1 mm / 5.91 inch 72.05 mm / 2.84 inch 7.45 mm / 0.2933 inch 143 g0.3153 lbs

Connectivity

The Xperia L2 is powered by a 1.5 GHz, quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor on a 28 nm and is based on the 64-bit Cortex A53 architecture.

The MT6737T is coupled with an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, which has a 600 MHz clock speed. A clock speed this low typically should render the Mali-T720 to be used exclusively in entry-level devices. 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 are supported.

The German variant of the Xperia L2 supports one Nano-SIM and microSD card expansion up to 256 GB. This includes microSDHC and microSDXC too. The 32 GB of internal storage is typical for a device in this price range.

The USB Type-C port is on the bottom of the device, and is used for both charging and data transfer, while there is a 3.5 mm jack at the top. Additionally, the Xperia L2 has an LED notification light above the display.

Software

The Xperia L2 runs Android Nougat 7.1.1, upon which Sony adds its Xperia UI. Sony has preinstalled its own launcher, which has an app drawer and supports up to five homescreens. This could be replaced with other launchers that are downloadable from the Google Play Store. The notification shade remains the same as on stock Android, from which you can choose multiple quick actions, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.

The notification shade gives you access to the most important settings.
The notification shade gives you access to the most important settings.
The settings menu has a few minor UI changes from the stock Android version.
The settings menu has a few minor UI changes from the stock Android version.
A selection of Google Apps are preinstalled.
A selection of Google Apps are preinstalled.
The default launcher supports up to five homescreens.
The default launcher supports up to five homescreens.

Communication and GPS

The Wi-Fi module is in accordance with the IEEE 802.11 standard and a/b/g/n/ac protocols. The 101 MBit/s transmission speed that we measured to our reference Linksys EA 8500 router is adequate. We measured signal attenuation of around -33 dBm with the device close to our O2 HomeBox 2 router.

The Xperia L2 supports LTE, GSM, UMTS, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC, the latter of which is rarely found in devices at this price point. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
251 MBit/s ∼100% +149%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121 MBit/s ∼48% +20%
Nokia 6
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
117 MBit/s ∼47% +16%
Sony Xperia L2
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
101 MBit/s ∼40%
Huawei P smart
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
51.7 MBit/s ∼21% -49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
280 MBit/s ∼100% +203%
Nokia 6
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
113 MBit/s ∼40% +22%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼39% +17%
Sony Xperia L2
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6737T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
92.4 MBit/s ∼33%
Huawei P smart
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
50.3 MBit/s ∼18% -46%
GPS-Test inside
GPS-Test inside
GPS-Test outside
GPS-Test outside

GPS positioning works well. Despite the relatively low €249 (~$271) retail price Sony has equipped the Xperia L2 with an accurate and reliable GPS sensor which even works in buildings.

We tested location accuracy by comparing the Xperia L2 against a Garmin Edge 500, taking them both on motorbike ride to see if there were any differences between the distances covered by both devices. While the Garmin calculated the total distance travelled at 6.76 km (~4.2 mi), the Xperia L2 in conjunction with Google Maps put this at 6.69 km (~4.15 mi). A 70 m (~76 yd) difference over almost 7 km (~4.35 mi) is negligible; the Xperia L2 is 98.96% accurate to the distance calculated by the Garmin Edge 500. On closer inspection, Google Maps appeared to capture bends more tightly than the Garmin did. This may account for the small difference in the total distance travelled by both devices.

GPS-Test Sony Xperia L2
GPS-Test Sony Xperia L2
GPS-Test Sony Xperia L2
GPS-Test Sony Xperia L2
GPS-Test Sony Xperia L2
GPS-Test Sony Xperia L2
GPS-Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS-Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS-Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS-Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS-Test Garmin Edge 500
GPS-Test Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and call quality

Phone app
Phone app
Contacts list
Contacts list

The Xperia L2 uses Google's Phone app, which has the necessary basic features of a phone app, including being able to save favorites and retaining call history. The only gripe that we have is that the separation of the virtual number keys could be more clearly marked in our opinion. 

The voice quality when making calls inside buildings is okay, with the quality improving when we made calls outside. Calls made over speakerphone are less than impressive though as the Xperia L2's speakers are somewhat weak. By contrast, voice quality is good when making calls using the included headphones.

Cameras

The Xperia L2 has a 13 MP main camera that has OIS and supports HDR, while also being capable of capturing videos in up to Full HD. Unfortunately, the Exmor RS camera sensor found in more expensive Sony smartphones is not included in the Xperia L2. As a result, photos lack detail and low-light performance is poor.

Similarly, while the specifications would suggest that the front-facing camera should perform well, its 8 MP sensor and 120° wide-angle lens produce disappointing results. Photographs tend to be overexposed and lack detail.

13 MP main camera
13 MP main camera
8 MP front-facing camera
8 MP front-facing camera

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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As with all of our smartphone reviews, we tested the Xperia L2's main camera in our laboratory under controlled lighting conditions. We took a photograph of a reference image that simulates difficult to capture details, such as fine lines or text on colored backgrounds. The results are unimpressive. Text looks blurry, colors are dull, and there are soft edges to fine lines.

photo of reference card
photo of reference card
ColorChecker: The target color is in the bottom half of each box.
detail of reference card

Accessories and Warranty

The Xperia L2's warranty lasts twenty-four months. The box includes a quick start guide, warranty information, a USB Type-C cable, a power supply, and a set of headphones.

Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies and Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input devices and Handling

The Xperia L2 uses stock Android capacitive buttons for device navigation. It would be nice if these capacitive buttons were to light up like hardware buttons do, but this feature is rarely implemented on smartphones. SwiftKey is the default keyboard, but this could be changed by installing a different keyboard downloadable from the Google Play Store.

The Xperia L2's display reacts well to pressure impulses. Touch accuracy therefore works correctly.

On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in landscape mode
On-screen keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Xperia L2 has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280x720, the combination of which yields 267 pixels per inch (PPI). Images on-screen are pale, with the 720p display outshone by those found in our comparison devices, all of which have at least 1080p panels.

417
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
394
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 417 cd/m² Average: 399.8 cd/m² Minimum: 6.55 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 393 cd/m²
Contrast: 715:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.01
Sony Xperia L2
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Nokia 6
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
Huawei P smart
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.65
Screen
33%
16%
34%
21%
Brightness middle
393
512
30%
512
30%
454
16%
573
46%
Brightness
400
500
25%
501
25%
463
16%
568
42%
Brightness Distribution
93
90
-3%
94
1%
86
-8%
89
-4%
Black Level *
0.55
0.35
36%
0.36
35%
0.63
-15%
Contrast
715
1463
105%
1422
99%
910
27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.1
4.6
25%
6.4
-5%
2
67%
4.2
31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.4
7.6
27%
10.9
-5%
5.3
49%
6.4
38%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.8
3.8
21%
7.2
-50%
1.7
65%
4.6
4%
Gamma
2.01 109%
2.11 104%
2.28 96%
2.1 105%
2.24 98%
CCT
7432 87%
6952 93%
7904 82%
6394 102%
7157 91%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 25510 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25510 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25510 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The maximum brightness of 394 cd/m² is ok for a device at this price point. This value increases to 396 cd/m² with the ambient light sensor on, while the Average Picture Level (APL50) test measured a maximum brightness of 393 cd/m² at the center of the display and a black level of 0.55 cd/m². The APL50 test measures a device's maximum brightness with uniformly distributed light and dark areas.

The display is an IPS panel, yet colors are dull in daily use. Despite this, the contrast level is acceptable. Furthermore, the Xperia L2 achieves acceptable sRGB color space, DeltaE and color temperature levels for a device at this price.

CalMAN greyscale (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN greyscale (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN color saturation (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN color saturation (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN color space (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN color space (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN color accuracy (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN color accuracy (target colour space sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 7 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

The Xperia L2 has stable viewing angles with no color deviations, even at low viewing angles, although the display does visibly darken when viewing angles are tight. The relatively low maximum brightness means that the content is difficult to read in natural light, which would be even more difficult if the Xperia L2 were to be used outside on a sunny day.

Examples of outdoor use
Examples of outdoor use
Examples of outdoor use
Examples of outdoor use
Examples of outdoor use
Examples of outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The Xperia L2 is powered by a MediaTek MT6737T, which is a quad-core processor with a 1.5 GHz clock speed. The processor is based on a 28 nm and a 64-bit Cortex A53 architecture. The ARM Mali-T720 MP2 handles the graphics, which has a lowly 600 MHz clock speed.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
38560 Points ∼13%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
63746 Points ∼22% +65%
Nokia 6
47066 Points ∼16% +22%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
47339 Points ∼16% +23%
Huawei P smart
66353 Points ∼23% +72%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
3429 Points ∼29%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
5035 Points ∼42% +47%
Nokia 6
3723 Points ∼31% +9%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3722 Points ∼31% +9%
Huawei P smart
4874 Points ∼41% +42%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
5656 Points ∼29%
Nokia 6
4980 Points ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
4920 Points ∼25%
Huawei P smart
5817 Points ∼30%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
787 Points ∼39%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
679 Points ∼33% -14%
Nokia 6
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Huawei P smart
919 Points ∼45% +17%
Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
386 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
986 Points ∼3% +155%
Nokia 6
731 Points ∼3% +89%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
533 Points ∼2% +38%
Huawei P smart
857 Points ∼3% +122%
Memory (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
1121 Points ∼15%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
584 Points ∼8% -48%
Nokia 6
587 Points ∼8% -48%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1265 Points ∼17% +13%
Huawei P smart
1889 Points ∼25% +69%
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
1498 Points ∼9%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
2914 Points ∼18% +95%
Nokia 6
2135 Points ∼13% +43%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
2368 Points ∼14% +58%
Huawei P smart
3223 Points ∼20% +115%
Overall (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
845 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
1033 Points ∼12% +22%
Nokia 6
307 Points ∼4% -64%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
353 Points ∼4% -58%
Huawei P smart
1480 Points ∼18% +75%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
950 Points ∼19%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
2021 Points ∼41% +113%
Nokia 6
1225 Points ∼25% +29%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1522 Points ∼31% +60%
Huawei P smart
1827 Points ∼37% +92%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
151 Points ∼2%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
379 Points ∼5% +151%
Nokia 6
243 Points ∼3% +61%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
199 Points ∼3% +32%
Huawei P smart
256 Points ∼4% +70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
186 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
463 Points ∼7% +149%
Nokia 6
296 Points ∼5% +59%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
247 Points ∼4% +33%
Huawei P smart
316 Points ∼5% +70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
920 Points ∼19%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
2016 Points ∼41% +119%
Nokia 6
1238 Points ∼25% +35%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1535 Points ∼31% +67%
Huawei P smart
1787 Points ∼36% +94%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
238 Points ∼2%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
723 Points ∼6% +204%
Nokia 6
495 Points ∼4% +108%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
278 Points ∼2% +17%
Huawei P smart
229 Points ∼2% -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
285 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
843 Points ∼10% +196%
Nokia 6
571 Points ∼7% +100%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
340 Points ∼4% +19%
Huawei P smart
284 Points ∼3% 0%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
10937 Points ∼13%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
15860 Points ∼18% +45%
Nokia 6
8973 Points ∼10% -18%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
12955 Points ∼15% +18%
Huawei P smart
14930 Points ∼17% +37%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
5960 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
13225 Points ∼2% +122%
Nokia 6
9605 Points ∼2% +61%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
7456 Points ∼1% +25%
Huawei P smart
11262 Points ∼2% +89%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
6631 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
13732 Points ∼6% +107%
Nokia 6
9457 Points ∼4% +43%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
8318 Points ∼3% +25%
Huawei P smart
11912 Points ∼5% +80%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
11 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
23 fps ∼0% +109%
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼0% +45%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
12 fps ∼0% +9%
Huawei P smart
19 fps ∼0% +73%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
19 fps ∼1%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
19 fps ∼1% 0%
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼0% -16%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
12 fps ∼0% -37%
Huawei P smart
18 fps ∼1% -5%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
4.1 fps ∼1%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
9.8 fps ∼2% +139%
Nokia 6
7.1 fps ∼1% +73%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
5.1 fps ∼1% +24%
Huawei P smart
8.7 fps ∼2% +112%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
8.8 fps ∼2%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
10 fps ∼3% +14%
Nokia 6
7 fps ∼2% -20%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
5.1 fps ∼1% -42%
Huawei P smart
8.3 fps ∼2% -6%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
2.6 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
6.4 fps ∼0% +146%
Nokia 6
4.6 fps ∼0% +77%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3.3 fps ∼0% +27%
Huawei P smart
5.3 fps ∼0% +104%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
6.3 fps ∼0%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
6.9 fps ∼0% +10%
Nokia 6
4.5 fps ∼0% -29%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3.2 fps ∼0% -49%
Huawei P smart
5.2 fps ∼0% -17%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3.5 fps ∼1%
Nokia 6
2.5 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1.9 fps ∼0%
Huawei P smart
3.2 fps ∼1%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3.8 fps ∼1%
Nokia 6
2.5 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
1.9 fps ∼1%
Huawei P smart
2.9 fps ∼1%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
1932 Points ∼3%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
4308 Points ∼7% +123%
Nokia 6
2844 Points ∼5% +47%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3777 Points ∼7% +95%
Huawei P smart
3732 Points ∼6% +93%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia L2
682 Points ∼11%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
841 Points ∼13% +23%
Nokia 6
667 Points ∼11% -2%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
736 Points ∼12% +8%
Huawei P smart
946 Points ∼15% +39%

Legend

 
Sony Xperia L2 Mediatek MT6737T, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G5s Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, ARM Mali-T830 MP1, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei P smart HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Benchmark results reflect our impression that the Xperia L2 is underpowered for its price. The Xperia L2 is well behind most of our similarly priced comparison devices across all CPU benchmarks.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Huawei P smart (Chrome 64)
26.63 Points ∼100% +45%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus (Chroem Version 62)
26.407 Points ∼99% +44%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
25.972 Points ∼98% +41%
Sony Xperia L2
18.363 Points ∼69%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
17.558 Points ∼66% -4%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
4560 Points ∼100% +53%
Huawei P smart (Chrome 64)
4497 Points ∼99% +51%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus (Chroem Version 62)
4456 Points ∼98% +50%
Sony Xperia L2
2976 Points ∼65%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
2899 Points ∼64% -3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Sony Xperia L2
12434.9 ms * ∼100%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
12062.3 ms * ∼97% +3%
Huawei P smart (Chrome 64)
9698.2 ms * ∼78% +22%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus (Chroem Version 62)
9360.9 ms * ∼75% +25%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
6820.9 ms * ∼55% +45%

* ... smaller is better

There is better news when it comes to storage. The Xperia L2 has 32 GB of internal storage and supports microSD, microSDXC, or microSDHC cards up to 256 GB. The transfer speeds with our reference Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 card are good for a device at this price, albeit our comparison devices do perform better than the Xperia L2. Androbench 5 benchmark results show that the Xperia L2 is proficient at reading from big and small data blocks.

Sony Xperia L2Motorola Moto G5s PlusNokia 6Samsung Galaxy J7 2017Huawei P smart
AndroBench 3-5
129%
73%
41%
133%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
52.77 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
58.85 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
56.6
7%
63.86 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
21%
72.36 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
37%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
70.57 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
79.58 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13%
84.6
20%
76.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
8%
82.26 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
17%
Random Write 4KB
8.99
44.89
399%
11.34
26%
10.54
17%
21.3
137%
Random Read 4KB
22.32
37.94
70%
33.8
51%
25.86
16%
66.11
196%
Sequential Write 256KB
52.77
75.7
43%
77.06
46%
52.98
0%
121.07
129%
Sequential Read 256KB
70.57
237.44
236%
273.06
287%
198.47
181%
269.36
282%

Games

Given the underpowered GPU, there are significant stutters when playing complex 3D games such as “Dream League Soccer 2018” or “Asphalt 8”. The Xperia L2 handles simple games better though, such as “Angry Birds 2”. The relatively low resolution of the 720p display is apparent when playing games, with images looking less clear than we have come to expect from smartphones released in 2018.

Dream League Soccer 2018
Dream League Soccer 2018
Dream League Soccer 2018
Dream League Soccer 2018
Angry Birds 2
Angry Birds 2
Angry Birds 2
Angry Birds 2

Emissions

Temperature

While the Xperia L2's temperatures are comparatively higher than most other smartphones, they are still acceptable in daily use. When stress testing the CPU and GPU with the Application Stability Test for at least an hour the front of the device reaches 39 °C (~102 °F), while the back remains below 38 °C (~100 °F).

Max. Load
 38.7 °C
102 F
39 °C
102 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
 38.6 °C
101 F
38.5 °C
101 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 36.4 °C
98 F
36 °C
97 F
35 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 39 °C = 102 F
Average: 36.8 °C = 98 F
29.5 °C
85 F
30.8 °C
87 F
37.4 °C
99 F
29.1 °C
84 F
30.8 °C
87 F
37.2 °C
99 F
29.6 °C
85 F
31.4 °C
89 F
35.8 °C
96 F
Maximum: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.4 °C = 89 F | Room Temperature 20.6 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Thermal imaging camera - front of the device
Thermal imaging camera - front of the device
Thermal imaging camera - rear of the device
Thermal imaging camera - rear of the device

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The main speaker is located on the bottom of the case with a secondary speaker above the display. While the Xperia L2 manages a maximum volume of 80 dB(A) there are occasional tinny sounds which limit the overall sound quality.

The Xperia L2's sonic image is somewhat linear in the medium to high pitch range of 500 Hz to 7 kHz, with there also being a lack of bass. Moreover, super high tones around 8 kHz are underrepresented.

The included headphones are ok given the Xperia L2's price. They sound reasonable and have satisfactory noise behavior.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.240.82532.941.73137.239.44031.740.15039.635.76328.328.98027.327.910026.930.712526.724.91602426.420020.930.525020.939.531519.547.940018.55450017.557.663017.560.180015.766.2100015.871.2125016.673160015.871.3200015.470.5250015.573.131501675.5400015.880.650001680.2630016.372.7800016.368.31000016.268.41250016.466.81600016.450SPL28.686.7N1.160.4median 16.4median 66.8Delta2.112.335.24032.943.237.238.531.737.239.636.628.338.227.334.726.934.826.734.72440.120.949.320.95219.556.418.558.617.566.617.568.415.775.715.875.416.673.115.868.515.468.715.568.81669.815.877.41682.916.375.516.378.716.283.316.483.516.467.428.688.91.172.8median 16.4median 68.72.19.630.529.430.531303134.829.834.837.93337.93226.53230.826.230.833.630.933.631.832.431.838.232.638.240.621.940.650.421.250.456.720.856.761.619.261.663.520.863.567.421.667.467.518.767.567.217.967.265.417.665.463.817.263.86416.46469.516.769.569.116.469.166.516.166.564.515.964.564.81664.863.11663.16216.16262.215.962.257.915.957.950.21650.27829.678431.343median 63.5median 17.2median 63.56.42.66.431.630.825.430.525.331.232.930.733.631.731.628.828.422.6272620.836.82240.221.349.220.853.721.257.119.462.619.567.417.767.817.969.517.870.717.372.117.474.616.775.217.275.518.277.917.981.417.67917.775.617.875.417.971.318.162.618.255.83087.11.370.5median 17.9median 69.51.310.635.239.932.935.737.238.431.738.439.64328.33227.332.126.932.726.735.22433.120.939.120.943.919.546.318.555.717.560.117.561.715.761.815.86716.671.215.870.715.47215.570.11674.115.8791677.116.372.816.37316.273.416.467.416.457.628.685.21.157.7median 16.4median 672.111.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSony Xperia L2Motorola Moto G5s PlusNokia 6Samsung Galaxy J7 2017Huawei P smart
Sony Xperia L2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Motorola Moto G5s Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 17% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Nokia 6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 48% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei P smart audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.6% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (Checkboxes are de/selectable)

Power Management

Power consumption

The Xperia L2's energy consumption is on par with our comparison devices. Qnovo adaptive charging technology and a Stamina energy saving mode are included, both of which are typically found on Sony’s more expensive smartphones.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.31 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.5 / 1.12 / 1.25 Watt
Load midlight 2.92 / 4.66 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Sony Xperia L2
3300 mAh
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3000 mAh
Nokia 6
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3600 mAh
Huawei P smart
3000 mAh
Power Consumption
-40%
-36%
22%
-44%
Idle Minimum *
0.5
0.83
-66%
0.63
-26%
0.39
22%
0.62
-24%
Idle Average *
1.12
1.67
-49%
1.75
-56%
1.06
5%
1.76
-57%
Idle Maximum *
1.25
1.85
-48%
1.87
-50%
1.08
14%
1.87
-50%
Load Average *
2.92
3.47
-19%
3.56
-22%
1.82
38%
4.47
-53%
Load Maximum *
4.66
5.41
-16%
5.85
-26%
3.21
31%
6.39
-37%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Xperia L2 has a relatively large 3,300 mAh thanks to its large dimensions. We found that with regular use the device lasted up to thirty-six hours between charges. In our WiFi test the Xperia L2 lasted 690 minutes before completely discharging, which is acceptable considering the runtimes of our comparison devices.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
11h 30min
Sony Xperia L2
3300 mAh
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3000 mAh
Nokia 6
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3600 mAh
Huawei P smart
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
690
974
41%
670
-3%
904
31%
565
-18%

Pros

+ long battery life
+ reliable fingerprint scanner
+ large internal storage

Cons

- slow processor
- slight tinny sound from speakers
- low resolution display

Verdict

The Sony Xperia in review. Test device courtesy of Sony Mobile Germany.
The Sony Xperia in review. Test device courtesy of Sony Mobile Germany.

The positives of the Sony Xperia L2 include a long battery life, a relatively large 32 GB internal storage, a reliable fingerprint scanner and that it is well constructed. We would expect better value for money from a device released in 2018, as the Xperia L2 fails to match the competition, with devices such as the Huawei P Smart being more powerful while including dual cameras and an up-to-date version of Android too.

The Sony Xperia L2 scores highly for its battery life, storage capacity and workmanship, but it simply does not do enough to justify the €249 (~$307) recommended retail price.

While the 5.5-inch screen is a good size, its 720p resolution is low for a smartphone released in 2018. Compounding this are the cameras and the overall performance, both of which are unimpressive. A combination of a slow CPU and GPU means that similarly priced smartphones significantly outperform the Xperia L2.

Sony Xperia L2 - 02/20/2018 v6(old)
Thomas Meyer

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
68 / 75 → 91%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
40 / 60 → 66%
Weight
90%
Battery
94%
Display
81%
Games Performance
11 / 63 → 18%
Application Performance
45 / 70 → 64%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
48%
Average
69%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Thomas Meyer, 2018-02-27 (Update: 2019-03-25)
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