Sony Xperia L review: Xperia Lite

Xperia Lite

GSMArena team, 03 June 2013.

Display

There's a 4.3" FWVGA (480 x 854) LCD on the Sony Xperia L, and no budget for Mobile BRAVIA. It's the same resolution as what the Xperia U has, but with the size increased by nearly an inch, the pixel density has dropped to just 228 ppi. It's clearly not the best you can get, but overall, the screen is reasonable for the price.

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The display

Brightness is adequate and the contrast looks good even without the Bravia engine optimizations - the colors look punchy and, all things considered, the screen is less likely to disappoint you than that of the flagship Xperia Z.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia L 0.30 321 1085 0.50 542 1077
Sony Xperia ZL - - - 0.44 575 1294
Sony Xperia Z - - - 0.70 492 705
HTC One 0.13 205 1580 0.42 647 1541
HTC Butterfly 0.14 173 1200 0.45 501 1104
Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 0 201 0 404
Oppo Find 5 0.17 176 1123 0.51 565 1107
Samsung N7100 Galaxy Note II 0 215 0 402
LG Optimus G Pro - - - 0.41 611 1489
Nokia Lumia 920 - - - 0.48 513 1065
LG Optimus G 0.14 197 1445 0.33 417 1438
Apple iPhone 5 0.13 200 1490 0.48 640 1320

Using the Sony Xperia L in bright outdoor conditions isn't the best experience. The glass on top of the display is reflective and the brightness isn't really enough to make up for it, so finding a proper angle for working with the Xperia L can be a bit tricky at times.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView
    4.698
  • Apple iPhone 5
    3.997
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    3.419
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    3.352
  • Samsung Omnia W
    3.301
  • Samsung Galaxy S
    3.155
  • Nokia N9
    3.069
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.970
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    2.832
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    2.801
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    2.655
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    2.562
  • HTC One
    2.504
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    2.422
  • Motorola RAZR i
    2.366
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2.352
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2.307
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Nokia N8
    2.144
  • Oppo Find 5
    2.088
  • BlackBerry Z10
    2.051
  • Apple iPhone 4
    2.016
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
    1.955
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera
    1.938
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Sony Xperia V
    1.792
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1.691
  • HTC One V
    1.685
  • LG Optimus Vu
    1.680
  • HTC Desire V
    1.646
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1.552
  • LG Optimus 3D
    1.542
  • Nokia Asha 302
    1.537
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    1.432
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355
    1.361
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.300
  • LG Optimus L7
    1.269
  • LG Optimus L9
    1.227
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1.203
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    1.180
  • Sony Xperia tipo
    1.166
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    1.114

You can find all about our display testing routines here.

Controls

The prominent power button is a signature Sony accent that makes an appearance on the Xperia L as well. But the control that makes an even stronger statement is the hardware shutter key. The 8MP camera is central to the marketing of the Xperia L and Sony is genuinely trying to deliver the complete imaging experience. We tend to agree that a proper shutter key, half-press and all, is an important part of that.

So, all the physical buttons on the Xperia L are on the phone's right side: volume rocker at the top, the power/lock key not far below and the camera key near the bottom. A long press of the shutter key unlocks the screen and launches the camera.

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The right side of the phone

The left side of the Sony Xperia L is where the microUSB port is.

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The left side of the Xperia L

The 3.5 mm headphone jack is centrally placed at the top of the Xperia L and there's a secondary noise-cancellation microphone right above the camera lens.

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On the top

At the bottom we find nothing but a lanyard eyelet.

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The bottom

Undoing the back panel is a bit tricky as you need to undo the top part and pop the phone out of its wrap. The risk of breaking the panel is minimal but it's still worth the caution.

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Removing the back cover

The NFC transmitter is integrated within the back panel, under which we find the SIM card slot, microSD card slot and the 1750 mAh Li-Ion battery. You'll need to remove the battery to get to the SIM compartment.

The Sony Xperia L scored an endurance rating of 39 hours, meaning an hour of calls, video playback and web browsing a day will require you to recharge every 39 hours or so. You can check out the detailed breakdown here.


Sony Xperia L battery test

Reader comments

  • SAKURA

NO 7GB

  • RAMES

Sony xperia L is the best ever of my smart phones. if you need,go ahead and buy.apps runs smootly

  • Leon

My Xperia L phone screen blackout without anything show out,any way to solve?