Sony decided a couple of years back to give up on the while multiple product segment thing, in the smartphone biz. They only made flagships and a few midrangers, giving up on the Xperia E, M and C series. Some hybrids came up and the Xperia L1 feels like one such experiment. It started selling recently and we unboxed it below. It’s priced at just $200.


This low midranger feels like a Moto G5 rival and it comes inside a typical Sony Xperia box, all rectangular and white. It’s a 5.5 incher that comes bundled with an USB Type-C cable, charger and manual. No headphones, at least with our demo unit. What I first noticed about the device was the fact that its white back offered a pink/red glow when the light hit it properly.

The handset measures 8.7 mm in thickness and weighs a hefty 180 grams. It’s available in white, black or pink and comes with a 5.5 inch 720p display, plus a MediaTek MT6737T processor, a quad core unit clocked at 1.4 GHz. There’s 2 GB of RAM here, 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot, plus a 2620 mAh battery. The back is rounded and the device feels comfy when held, but once again it’s rather heavy.

Not much of a looker this one, but at least the bezels of the display are narrow. We also get LTE Category 4 here, USB Type-C port and Android Nougat as the OS. Qnovo adaptive charging is also here, to provide you with faster charging. We’ll be back with a full review soon, so far we have mixed feelings about the device, but I feel that the battery can surprise us.

You can get the phone here.


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