Sony's $199 Xperia L1 goes on sale at Amazon and B&H Photo


Sony has a new smartphone up for grabs in America – the Xperia L1. It's a budget device with a $199 price tag that's sold completely unlocked at Amazon and B&H Photo. The phone is compatible with GSM carriers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless.

Unfortunately, the handset doesn't strike us as particularly impressive for the price. It has a 5-inch 720p-resolution display and it's powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. These features aren't bad, but you can grab a Nexus 5X or look around for other sub-$199 phones, including older flagship devices. So Sony isn't being aggressive at all with the pricing.

In addition, the Xperia L1 offers a 13MP main camera, a 5MP front cam, a 2620mAh battery, USB-C connectivity, and runs Android Nougat. Not bad at all, but there's nothing mind-blowing, either. A fingerprint scanner or water resistance would have made the L1 significantly more compelling.

Design-wise, the L1's humongous bezels look especially unappealing in 2017. Not due to handsets like the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, but because they are larger than the average smartphone's and the overall look appears quite dated. The bezels make the phone unnecessarily tall as well, which is quite inefficient.

What do you think of the Xperia L1? Should Sony have tried a little harder to win over budget buyers?


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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)

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6 Comments

2. dazed1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Humongous bezel?? And what about the highest rated iToy 7+?

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

This article is about the Xperia L1. So stay shut!

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I do concur that you might as well spend the extra $100 and get the XA1, although in a few months I'm sure this will easily drop to a $150 or less price tag.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Or get a Moto G5/G5 Plus for the Price. Even the Axon 7 mini is a good deal.

6. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

"but because they are larger than the average smartphone's and the overall look appears quite dated. The bezels make the phone unnecessarily tall as well, which is quite inefficient." Luis you should do some research first before saying something that will make you sound stupid at 151mm tall and 74mm wide Xperia L1 is shorter and narrower than most other 2017 smartphone with 5.5" screen like LG X Power 2, Oppo F3, Huawei P10 Plus, and Huawei One X10. And also with 74.6% screen-to-body ratio according to GSMArena Xperia L1 has better screen to body ratio than most Samsung entry level and mid-range smartphones.

7. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

*HTC One X10

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