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Sony Xperia L3


Sony Xperia L3
Sony Xperia L3 (Xperia Series)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
3 GB 
5.70 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 25 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined audio port, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32, exFAT, up to 512 GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, compass, magnetometer
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) 3G UMTS HSPA+ (1/2/5/8), 4G LTE (1/2/3/5/7/8/20/38), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 154 x 72 ( = 0.35 x 6.06 x 2.83 in)
3300 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera: 13 MPix 13+2 MP, 1/3"+1/5", 1.12+1.74 µm, f/2.2+f/2.4, Camera2 API: legacy
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 1/4", 1.12 µm, f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, stereo headset, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value (head): 0,6 W/kg, SAR value (body): 1.33 W/kg, fanless
156 g ( = 5.5 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 55 g ( = 1.94 oz / 0.12 pounds)
199 Euro



Average Score: 62.25% - poor
Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 60%, features: 61%, display: 80% mobility: 91%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 97%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia L3

82.5% Sony Xperia L3 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Xperia L3 carries over some of the characteristics of its predecessors while also coming into its own with its more modern design. For about 200 Euros (~$225), buyers of the slim smartphone in the 2:1 format also receive a dual-camera system as well as the option to use a microSD and two SIM cards simultaneously. We evaluate in our test what else the Sony Xperia L3 can offer.
50% Sony Xperia L3 review
Source: GSM Arena English version
While the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 series were some very thoughtful additions to the whole Xperia family having instantly recognizable advantages over their competitors, the Xperia L3 doesn't have that luxury. It tries to copy a few cool features like the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, but at the end of the day it doesn't have a standout feature of its own. You can look at it as the cheapest entry into the Sony software experience, its value to you mostly depending on whether or not you like the company's launcher as much as us.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/11/2019
Rating: Total score: 50%
0% Sony Xperia L3
Source: Gadgetspeak English version
Firing up the handset from a complete shut down was not particularly quick with a four second depress of the power button being followed by a 26 seconds set-up procedure before arriving at the Home screen. In other respects the Xperia L3 performed reasonably including a download of a Sony system update that was made available as soon as I received the unit. I must admit that the set-up part of this update took longer than the actual download. As this update was carried out immediately, I can not really comment on how it might have affected the performance of the handset. The Sony Xperia L3 performed its tasks without problems and at a reasonable rate of speed.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/14/2019
Rating: price: 80% performance: 60% workmanship: 80%
60% Sony Xperia L3 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English version
The Sony Xperia L3 fills a hole in the Sony line-up, and does so without much verve or ambition. It offers the basics at an agreeable price. That it also has older software, as well as lower-end hardware, than phones one level up is indicative of the limited attention paid to its particulars.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/29/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Sony Xperia L3 review
Source: Stuff TV English version
Like a so-so supermarket meal deal, the Sony Xperia L3 does the job. But there are more exciting ways to spend your money and time.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/22/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Sony Xperia L3 review
Source: Techradar English version
It is not the most interesting choice at the price, but the Sony Xperia L3 is a decent all-round Android phone for those on a budget.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Sony Xperia L3 review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
Sony's L range of Xperia devices offers a slice of the premium X models, but at a much lower cost. Of course, with this comes a fair amount of compromise. Although the styling is good, and the device has a nice feel in the hands, the bendy plastic back spoils the appearance somewhat.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
Sony Xperia L3 review: Hands-on
Source: Tech Advisor English version
It depends what price Sony sells the Xperia L3 for as to whether we'll recommend it alongside great budget phones like the Moto G7 Power or Honor 10 Lite but the early signs are good.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/27/2019
Hands on: Sony Xperia L3 review
Source: Techradar English version
A standard budget phone with a semi-decent camera and new, longer screen, the whole allure of this phone depends on price. If it's reasonable, Sony could hoover those that don't want to spend loads on a smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/26/2019
Sony Xperia 1, 10 Plus, 10, L3 hands-on review
Source: GSM Arena English version
On one hand, it's kind of hard to be too surprised about Sony's new device announcements, purely on the grounds of the avalanche of leaks that preceded the MWC keynote. Then again, many of said rumors turned out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Whether intentional or not on Sony's part, all that matters is that the devices the Japanese giant did unveil at the Barcelona event still managed to turn quite a few heads.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/25/2019

Foreign Reviews

Sony Xperia L3 Premium-Features für unter 200 Euro?
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/21/2019
82% Sony Xperia L3 Dauerläufer für den kleinen Geldbeutel
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/07/2019
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 86% features: 81% display: 88% mobility: 94%
90% Sony Xperia L3 Der talentfreie Alleskönner
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/04/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
68% Sony Xperia L3 Dauerläufer unter den Einsteiger-Smartphones
Source: Curved German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 55% display: 64% mobility: 85%
Test du Sony Xperia L3 : bon pour le prix
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN version
Positive: Good price; beautiful design; great built quality; nice display; decent performance; long battery life; USB-C; mini jack; NFC.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2019
Обзор плюсов и минусов Sony Xperia L3. Бюджетный смартфон с модулем NFC
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN version
Positive: Elegant display; decent processor; high autonomy; support NFC.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/27/2019
Trên tay Sony Xperia L3: Thiết kế đẹp mắt, chip Helio P22, camera kép, giá 5 triệu đồng
Source: FPT shop VN→EN version
Positive: Beautiful design; powerful processor; nice dual cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2019


Model: The Sony Xperia L3 is a mid-range smartphone built for entertainment with decent display and camera system. It does not have the latest features to compete with many other smartphones in the market, but it does get the basic features right. The Xperia L3 has a sleek design with fewer borders. This means more screen in a phone that feels great in user’s hand. Users can choose their favorite color because the Xperia L3 comes in silver, black, and gold. The Xperia L3 has the perfect shape and size to fit in hand, with key controls within easy reach. It measures at 154 x 72 x 8.9 mm (6.06 x 2.83 x 0.35 inch) and weighs at 156 g (5.50 oz). A fingerprint sensor at the side of the smartphone keeps it secure and lets user unlock fast on the move. For great entertainment, a 5.7” 18:9 screen brings TV shows and movies to life. Users can see everything in HD+ (1.440 x 720 pixels) resolution to bring out clear details and realistic colors. With a tough screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the Xperia L3 is sturdy enough for everyday use. With the Xperia L3, users can enjoy fast downloads and smooth multitasking with a processor that’s powerful enough to handle all apps and entertainment. Providing performance is the Mediatek MT6762 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB eMMC internal memory and up to a 512 GB microSD card.

For more creative photos, with beautiful background defocus, the Xperia L3 camera is designed to take great shots of people and nature. To create a natural, artistic Bokeh effect, the Xperia L3’s 13MP & 2MP dual camera system works simultaneously. The 13 MP camera captures the fine detail in the subject, capturing color and contrast naturally. The 2 MP camera creates depth map to blur the background in artistic defocus. The 8 MP front camera can take pictures with background defocus, too and comes with a range of beauty effects. A display flash provides illumination in low light too. With a large 3.300 mAh battery the Xperia L3 can easily last through a busy day. An hour of YouTube streaming takes 11 percent off the battery, suggesting it’ll last for around nine hours of streaming. Sony’s charging technology keeps the battery healthy for longer. Xperia Adaptive Charging monitors the phone as it charges, to make sure the battery isn’t overworked. As a conclusion, the Xperia L3 is an affordable smartphone, which will fit well for users on a budget. Older software, as well as lower-end hardware make the lower price point possible, but it is a solid smartphone that just works right for regular smartphone users.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Imagination PowerVR GE8320: Integrated graphics card for mid-range ARM SoCs.

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Helio P22 MT6762: ARM based octa core SoC (8x ARM Cortex-A53) clocked at up to 2 GHz. The chip also includes a Cat.7 LTE modem (300 Mbps download).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


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Sony: Sony Corporation is one of the largest Japanese electronics companies. The company was founded in 1946 under a different name and initially produced rice stoves. The company launched the first transistor radio. In 1958, the company was renamed Sony. Sony is a combination of the Latin word sonus (sound) and the English word sonny (little boy). Today, its core business is consumer electronics. The company is engaged in the development, design, manufacture and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, devices, game consoles and software. Sony operates in the following segments: Gaming and Network Services, Music, Images, Home Entertainment and Sound, Imaging Products and Solutions, Mobile Communications, Semiconductors, Financial Services and Others.

62.25%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.

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