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Review Sony Xperia L1: 5.5-inch budget-with MediaTek

Обзор Sony Xperia L1: 5.5-дюймовый бюджетник с MediaTek

Sony not only updates its flagship smartphones, but also regularly produces state employees, one of which is the Xperia L1, which was presented at MWC 2017 along with top-end Xperia Premium Xperia XZ and XZs. Sony is constantly experimenting with the names of the rulers and not to say that the smartphone is somehow directly associated with the Xperia L, which was released in 2013. He belonged to the middle class of devices was equipped with a compact screen and Qualcomm processor. Xperia L1 — a clear gloss with a 5.5-inch screen.

What is it?

Sony Xperia L1 — budget Android smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen, Quad-core processor MediaTek, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal expandable memory and a main camera of 13 megapixels.

Than it is interesting?

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Almost all parameters Sony Xperia L1 is a typical budget smartphone, it features a 5.5-inch screen with a modest resolution of 1280×720 is used IPS-matrix. Inside is a 64 — bit Quad-core MediaTek processor MT6737T, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB for apps and content. By today’s standards it is small, but a MicroSD slot is available and supports up to 256 GB. The main 13-megapixel camera equipped with autofocus and LED flash, front module 5 megapixels. Powered by non-removable battery 2620 mAh. There is a USB Type-C, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 with support for aptX, and runs it on a fresh Android 7.0 Nougat.

What’s in the box?

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Sony Xperia L1 comes in a small cardboard box of white color, in addition to the smartphone in the box is the USB cable Type-C power supply (us version of the smartphone hit without it) and all the necessary papers:

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Looks like?

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The design of the smartphone is made with an eye on all the same concept of the latest Sony smartphones called Loop Surface, which suggests the absence of sharp corners at the junctions between the side faces, rear and front panel, although in this case it is expressed not so clearly as in the more expensive models. The front panel consists of the usual rectangle Sony. Frame on either side of the screen is relatively thin (especially given the budget smartphone), top and bottom, much more. Thus on the bottom is nothing (it is smaller), and on the top — logo, LED, earpiece, sensors and front camera:

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Slot external speaker, microphone and symmetrical USB Type-C are brought to the lower end

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On the left side — the usual Sony smartphone plug with tray for SIM and MicroSD:

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There are different versions of the smartphone. It seems that we have to review — just a sample for the market of Ukraine. Under the cap — removed separate tray for two SIM-cards format nano, and next — a slot for MicroSD. So to choose between the two SIM cards and additional memory is not necessary:

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On the top edge — an additional microphone and headphone Jack 3.5 mm:

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In more advanced models, the Sony is practicing the use of a separate hardware button for the camera. In this case, on the right side only Starinnye the volume buttons and power button just below. They are plastic, as, in fact, the entire body. But a well-adjusted, is tight and well pressed:

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The back cover is made of matte plastic. White mother of pearl color looks very good and the prints on it are not too visible. In the middle is the logo of Xperia, just above the label NFC. The main camera module is still placed in the upper left corner:

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Flash in the smartphone a single, it is placed under the camera lens:

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The smartphone is very nice in the hand thanks to the rounded shapes of the ends and is built with a nice hand materials, but some carelessness Assembly gives budget Sony Xperia L1.

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What’s with the screen?

Sony Xperia L1 is equipped with a modest by today’s standards a screen diagonal of 5.5 inches and not so common resolution of 1280×720, which corresponds to a pixel density of 267 ppi. Actually not so bad, quite tolerable used IPS-matrix with normal viewing angles, some of oleophobic coating and a good maximum brightness level:

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Usually we have not conducted multi-touch test, because most modern smartphones support up to 10 simultaneous touches. In this case, the de decided to check. The screen is able to take up to 5 touches, which is enough:

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For those who want to know more

The screen is devoid of proprietary chips such as X-Reality, which are in more advanced models, but the utility for adjusting the color temperature is:

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Supply of brightness and contrast typical budget modeva: 383.012 CD/m2, brightness of the black field — 0.64 CD/m2and the contrast — 598:1. Pleasantly surprised by the factory calibration. The color temperature is in the range of 7000-8000K at a reference 6500. The overabundance of blue and lack of red within a reasonable range, and color gamut is close to sRGB:

Comparison with competitors:

The name of the device The brightness of a white field,
CD/m2
The brightness of the black field,
CD/m2
Contrast
Sony Xperia L1 383.012 0.64 598:1
Meizu M5s 384.419 0.413 931:1
Lenovo P2 375.234
Huawei P9 Lite 401.662 0.481 835:1
LG X Power 255.957 0.29 883:1

How are things going with performance, memory, sound and battery life?

There was a time when Sony didn’t use their smartphones the MediaTek processors, only Qualcomm. Times change, reduce the cost of state employees as it is necessary and now MediaTek company uses regularly. In this case, it is a modest 64-bit MediaTek Quad MT6737T, which is complemented by 2GB of RAM. Use 1280×720 positively affects the smoothness of operation. The interface works without any problems, exactly like the majority of light applications. Long runs the camera app, gallery, photos and play hard, although in processexplorer brakes practically is not observed:

Internal memory is 16 GB, of which available a little less than 10 GB, but this is not a problem: a separate MicroSD slot, so you can easily add more supported cards with capacity up to 256 GB. From the point of view of music no revelations there: there is a feature, Clear Audio+, sound is acceptable, there is a FM tuner.

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Many manufacturers skimp on wireless interfaces in their budget models (and some in the middle class). Fortunately, Sony is not concerned, the smartphone has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, built-in Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS (supports A-GPS) and GLONASS. Even on the balcony of the smartphone quickly finds location:

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The Sony Xperia L1 includes a battery 2620 mAh, supported Qnovo adaptive. The capacity is modest by today’s standards, but autonomy at the secondary level due to the small resolution screen and modest processor. Smartphone without problems live a full day, and with less active use can to and a half. Plus there is brand power-saving mode STAMINA.

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Inside the smartphone is located 64-bit processor MediaTek MT6737T, which includes 4 core ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.45 GHz and a graphics accelerator Mali-T720 MP2 with a frequency up to 600 MHz. It is made according 28-nm process (as I recall, the company has been winding down production of such processors). The amount of RAM is 2 GB, the results in synthetic tests is very modest, as one would expect:


What firmware and UI?

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One of the obvious advantages of the Sony smartphones (including the Xperia L1) is using the latest version of Android and fairly fast updates. Smartphone out of the box runs on the Android OS 7.0 Nougat and during the use of already flew through the air a little update, apparently the Security Update. The shell is very close to stock Android and you’ll be mostly visual and some additional apps from Sony. There is a separate application menu with search, various sorting and list of recommendations (you can call swipe down on home screen), the notification panel and switches are standard, it is possible to edit them. Supports widgets, folders, and various themes:

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In addition to the brakes in the camera and the gallery (which is still the problem of weak iron) remained and traditional nuance of the Sony smartphones: restart the smartphone when changing/removing/installing the SIM card, which is not critical. The rest of the shell is comfortable and enjoyable.

How are things with the camera?

The phone includes a primary camera of 13 megapixels with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and single led flash, able to record video in FullHD 30 frames per second. Front camera — wide angle, 24 mm camera 5 MP, f/2.2 aperture. A branded app is simple and intuitive, automatic and manual modes, plus video:

The main camera takes very good pictures, especially considering it’s a budget model:

The bottom line

Despite their affiliation to the budget segment, Sony Xperia L1 — pleasant in many aspects of the smartphone. It is very nice in the hand and is made with an eye on the overall concept of modern smartphones from Sony, so if you like the older model, this will be enjoyable. The only thing that the build quality is really low (though perhaps the features of the test sample). The smartphone has a very decent by the standards of its category the main camera and screen calibration. For people using two SIM cards it can be interesting through the use of separate slots for SIM cards and memory card that are now not very common. It is worth noting the latest version of Android with a handy and not too bulky own shell, which is very close to stock Android and fairly fast updates. The main and really serious problem Sony Xperia L1 is its price tag which would amount to 6000 UAH. To compete he will be able to couple models And brands that follow a similar pricing policy, but otherwise for the money there are a lot of smartphones much more interesting.

5 reasons to buy the Sony Xperia L1:

  • Comfortable design;
  • the current version of Android with user-friendly shell;
  • a good calibration of the display;
  • separate slots for MicroSD and 2хЅІМ;
  • fit the camera (including competitors).

3 reasons not to buy Sony Xperia L1:

  • poor performance;
  • not the best build
  • the high price tag (considering the competition).
Technical specifications Sony Xperia L1
Display 5.5 inch IPS, 1280 x 720, 267 ppi, with no air gap
Case size 151x74x8.7 mm weight: 180 g
Processor 64-bit MediaTek MT6737T, 4 cores Cortex-A53 at 1.45 GHz, graphics accelerator Mali-T720 MP2
RAM 2 GB
Flash memory 16 GB, MicroSD up to 256 GB
Camera 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, 5 MP
Wireless technology Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
GPS GPS, Glonass
Battery 2620 mAh, non-removable
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat
Sim card 2 x nanoSIM

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