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Sony's affordable Xperia L1 is now available in the US

Possibly the best-looking smartphone under $200. (Source: Sony Mobile)
Possibly the best-looking smartphone under $200. (Source: Sony Mobile)
The L1's gorgeous appearance belies its $199 price tag. Under the hood, however, the phone packs components more in line with its mid-range price.

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You would be forgiven for thinking that the Xperia L1 is a high-end smartphone. Sony's latest device certainly looks premium, but that definitely isn't reflected in its price. The phone costs only $199, and it is now available for US customers.

Of course, with a price that low, you can't expect miracles all around. The Xperia L1's attractive exterior design is forced to give way to more ordinary features on the inside. The handset's large 5.5-inch screen is limited to a 720p resolution. It is powered by a mid-range MediaTek MT6737T quad-core processor that runs at 1.5 GHz, as well as 2 GB of RAM. Internal storage capacity is lacking; the phone comes with only 16 GB of space, although that can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card.

On the plus side, the L1 features a decent 13-megapixel rear camera; its selfie camera only shoots 5-megapixel photos, though. The phone features a USB Type-C port, NFC, and 4G LTE connectivity. More importantly, though, it runs Android Nougat out of the box.

The Xperia L1 is available in up to three colors, depending on where you buy it. For now, it can only be purchased online from Amazon or Best Buy. Amazon customers are limited to standard black, but Best Buy offers the device in white and pink as well.

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John Garcia, 2017-05-12 (Update: 2017-05-12)
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