Sony had made a paradigm shift years ago and decided not to put efforts in the budget smartphone segment. A couple of premium Xperia Z’s and X’s later, Sony seems to have reworked their strategy with the budget smartphones and are back with the Xperia L1. The Xperia L1 is reminiscent of the Xperia lineup but the side bezels have been thinned out and the phone employs a rounded frame for better ergonomics.
The Xperia L1 is fitted with a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737T SoC made up of 4×1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU alongside Mali-T720 MP@ GPU and 2GB of RAM. On the storage front, the Xperia L1 offers 16GB of onboard memory along with expandable microSD card slot. The imaging arrangements on the Xperia L1 includes a 13-Megapixel primary sensor with f2.2 aperture and a 5-Megapixel front-facing camera with 24mm wide-angle lens also with f2.2 aperture.
Connectivity options on the Xperia L1 include dual SIM support, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS and USB Type-C. The device will run on Android Nougat and will be backed by a 2620mAh battery complimented with Sony’s proprietary Stamina battery saving feature. Sony retired the Xperia Z series last year and introduced the Xperia X series. Sony had launched the Xperia XA1 and the XA1 Ultra with Edge-to-Edge Display at the MWC this year.
Sony is yet to announce the pricing for the Xperia L1 and this is something that I would term as a crucial deciding factor. With the budget smartphone swarming with great devices at affordable price points it is an uphill task for Sony to gain traction. Also when it comes to budget handsets most of the users are on a lookout for a better-specced smartphone rather than the overall user experience. Moving on, the Xperia L1 will be available in black, white and pink color.