Sony introduces the Xperia L1: an elegant and affordable 5.5-inch smartphone

Sony today unveiled the Xperia L1, an elegant smartphone with a 5.5-inch HD display, classic Sony design, and a Dual SIM version.

Although L1's name may suggest ties with 2013's peculiar Xperia L, the new phone bears almost no resemblance to it, as it is decidedly more slender and more stylish in its presentation. The Xperia L1 features a classic Sony design – a flat top and bottom create ostensibly sharp edges when viewed from the front or back, which blend smoothly into the rounded sides of the device.

The front of the device is occupied by a 5.5-inch 720p display and a 5MP selfie camera, while its back houses a 13MP primary camera with autofocus and an LED flash.

Sony's new mid-range Xperia L1 is powered by a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core CPU clocked at 1.45GHz that is backed by a 2620 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The latter is expandable to up to 256GB via the micro SD card slot, which should satisfy the needs of even the biggest data hoarders out there.

The Sony Xperia L1 runs a custom version of Android Nougat out of the box, that will be able to adapt to the user's habits, automatically adjusting different settings, such as ringtone volume, brightness, and notifications, depending on where you are and what you are doing.

The Xperia L1 will be available in in late April in select markets, including Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. It will be initially available in three colors: white, black, and pink. Pricing details are to follow, Sony promises the handset to be "affordably priced".

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Xperia L1
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1450 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(11.53h 3G talk time)



1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

720 2gb Ram midrange? You are joker. I see new trend is already here and Sony implementing pretty well. Nice shell and budget innards. Who cares , average Joe will fall for this beauty but , Milen, that was a damn good mid joke.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right.. there are lots of $150 phone with 1080p screen, 2GB RAM, and 16 GB ROM.. and that mediatek's "quad-core CPU clocked at 1.45GHz" is also low end, since it's just a bit faster than SD410 (2014's low-end)

16. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Well at least you still get little bit more RAM than some Samsung and LG 2017 affordable smartphones that only comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 720p display.

2. kumar1234 unregistered

Nokia 6 is 100 times better than this phone.

4. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

this phone will compete against Nokia 3 and Nokia 5

15. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

A phone with SD 430 and a rear camera with 1.0 µm pixel size is 100 times better you gotta be kidding me

17. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

check nokia 3 ... they have identical specs .. this could be priced a little higher than nokia 3 , since it has 13 mp rear though f2.2 (good for marketing ) + sony loves overpricing...

3. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I'm a Sony fan and even I have to say... go home Sony you're drunk..

6. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

but for the price it's quite balanced though. The real disappointment is the XA1 with it's 2300 mah battery.. Yuck.

13. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Wats wrong wit this phone I may ask pricing should be around $150

7. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Sony mineo?

8. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

If priced between 100-150 Dollar it might sell well.

9. Busyboy

Posts: 735; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

No headphone jack?! WTF Sony? This is DOA.

10. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Stopped reading at 5.5" 720p. But force myself to read few sentences more and finished at mediatek. Yup sony, you're drunk.

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

2600 mAh battery for 5.5inch(washed out lcd screen)lol, this is low-end device.

12. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

If the price is 200 € it's a decent phone, above that, and it's hard to justify

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