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Tested: The Sony Xperia L2

by JohanDid you know...15/03/2018

Tested: The Sony Xperia L2
For around €200, you have a whole lot of options. Sony, not immediately known as a low-cost brand, has brought out the new Xperia L2 in this category. The successor to the L1, which was well received last year. Will the newcomer be able to continue the reputation of its predecessor? And how does it compare with the rest of the market? Reasonably well, it seems.

Design

The L2 retains the typical Sony style: a robust, angular telephone. It has, however, been given a lovely rounded back, making it very pleasant to hold. It has a metallic look, although the body is made of plastic and not aluminum. The device has a very responsive fingerprint sensor at the back.

Screen

The screen of the Xperia L2 measures 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Another sign that this is a budget telephone. Most of L2’s more expensive siblings have a full HD screen of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. That said, you only really notice the somewhat lower resolution if you look at the screen through a magnifying glass. For everyday use, texts and photos look great. The screen could have been a little brighter.

Camera

The camera on the L2 is fitted with a thirteen-megapixel sensor and a lens with an f2.0 aperture. So the device can draw in a lot of light and take more than adequate photos with realistic colors and little noise. The superior sharpness and very wide dynamic range of top-class telephones are missing, however. The selfie camera has a 120° wide-angle lens, so you can easily fit several people in a photo.

Battery

Sony is known as a brand whose phones do very well as regards battery capacity. The 3,300 mAh battery in the L2 gets through the day without much difficulty. If you notice that the charge is running out, you can press a button to switch on the ‘Stamina’ position, making the phone extra economical. Another handy feature: you connect the battery charger using a modern USB-C connection.

Processor and Multimedia

The Mediatek chipset is a budget-friendly chip that holds its own for most tasks without many problems. One great advantage is that it is backed up by three gigabytes of working memory. In this price category, two or even one gigabyte is standard. Unfortunately Sony has chosen Android 7 Nougat as the operating system and not the newer Android 8 Oreo. So hopefully there will be an upgrade in the not-too-distant future.

Sony Xperia L2

A real Sony at an affordable price

7/10

Pros :
  • Its battery lasts well
  • Good camera and selfie camera comes with wide-angle lens
  • Three gigabytes of working memory
  • The price: €190.07 excl. VAT
Cons :
  • Sony design language has been around for a while
  • No Full HD screen and the screen could be a little brighter
  • Comes with Android 7, not Android 8

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