Sony Xperia L2 review

GSMArena team, 12 February 2018.

5.5-inch display is just okay

The Xperia L2 is equipped with a 5.5-inch display of 720p resolution. It's an IPS LCD panel with an equal number of subpixels for each primary color.

Sony Xperia L2 review

We were wondering if it's the exact same display from the previous L-series Xperia, but if that's the case then it's been tuned rather differently for the L2. For one, its maximum brightness is lower than the L1's at 400nits flat. On top of that, there's no boost in Auto mode, so 400 is all the nits you're getting in brightly lit conditions, while the L1 could pump it up all the way to 530-ish. The L2's number is quite low for an LCD, and sure enough, only the SuperAMOLED Galaxy J7 Pro is behind, but it makes up for it with a healthy boost in Auto.

By the way, minimum brightness is unusually high at 19.4 nits, and that may be too much for comfortable viewing in very dark environments.

Decent black levels help make for an okay contrast, despite the low brightness, and it's a notable improvement over the L1. Even so, most of the competition posts superior scores, Redmi 5 Plus excluded.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia L2 0.354 400 1130
Sony Xperia L1 0.47 450 957
Sony Xperia L1 (Max Auto) 0.571 531 930
Sony Xperia XA2 0.401 532 1327
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 0 350
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (Max Auto) 0 539
Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 0.548 555 1013
Nokia 6 (Global version) 0.364 484 1330
LG Q6 0.288 510 1771
Motorola Moto G5S Plus 0.352 483 1372
Motorola Moto G5S Plus (Max Auto) 0.455 616 1354
Vivo V7 0.295 470 1593

Sunlight legibility also took a hit this generation and the L2 is noticeably worse than the L1. What was a respectable LCD showing last year, is now a below average result.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos
    1.4
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Not much good can be said about color accuracy, where an average DeltaE ot 6.7 doesn't go to show just how blue the whites are. Using the RGB sliders in the custom color mode, we only managed to make them greener, and overall accuracy didn't improve to a meaningful degree.

Sony Xperia L2 battery life

As part of this year's 'more battery is better' philosophy, the Xperia L2 gets a 3,300mAh power pack - significantly larger than the L1's 2,620mAh unit. That's good having in mind that the L1's battery life wasn't at all impressive, but with the same chipset as last year, miracles were out of the question.

The capacity increase has resulted in more or less proportionate improvements in both 3G voice call endurance and web browsing, though video playback time has been rather inexplicably slashed by more than 2 hours. In the end, we got about nine and a half hours in both of the screen-on tests, and 13 hours of talk time. Dialing those into our established formula, resulted in a 65h Endurance rating - 2h more than the L1.

Sony Xperia L2

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Sony Xperia L2 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Audio output is nicely clear, loudness is below par

The Sony Xperia L2 had excellent clarity when hooked to an active external amplifier, posting excellent scores top to bottom. Its loudness wasn't quite spectacular though - it was just below average.

Plugging in a pair of headphones did an average amount of damage - some stereo crosstalk and a tiny bit of interomodulation distortion crept in. The overall output was still pretty nice, although with the volume dropping even further, you may want to stay clear of high-impedance headphones.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Sony Xperia L2+0.02, -0.17-92.092.50.0150.020-89.7
Sony Xperia L2 (headphones)+0.66, -0.31-90.289.70.00840.287-49.7
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus+1.55, -0.61-29.776.60.001712.493-91.8
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (headphones)+0.06, -0.02-92.492.30.00230.025-76.3
Nokia 2+0.15, -0.23-53.286.40.00213.246-96.2
Nokia 2 (headphones)+0.02, -0.08-89.589.90.00230.026-59.3
LG Q6+0.03, -0.05-85.088.80.00140.0065-92.9
LG Q6 (headphones)+0.14, -0.04-91.891.80.00310.113-56.8
Oppo F5+0.06, -0.08-93.593.30.00200.0071-93.2
Oppo F5 (headphones)+0.64, -0.07-89.391.30.00930.361-52.0
Sony Xperia L2 frequency response
Sony Xperia L2 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker

The Xperia L2 comes with a single loudspeaker positioned on the bottom of the device. For all it lacks in the bass department (practically non-existent, sadly), the L2 makes up for in loudness. It aced our three-pronged test and earned an Excellent mark, though voices in particular could have been louder.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
BlackBerry KEYone 62.2 66.0 67.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average
Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average
Sony Xperia L1 64.7 70.4 72.3 Average
LG Q6 67.0 69.3 76.1 Good
Sony Xperia L1 (ClearAudio) 68.5 72.2 72.8 Good
Nokia 6 (Global version) 63.1 70.9 82.5 Good
Sony Xperia XA2 68.7 72.7 78.3 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 68.0 69.9 82.3 Very Good
vivo V7 65.9 73.9 83.4 Very Good
Sony Xperia L2 67.4 72.2 91.6 Excellent
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent
Sony Xperia L1 (xLOUD) 91.5 74.3 83.2 Excellent
Motorola Moto G5S Plus 91.5 74.9 86.9 Excellent

Reader comments

  • Rocket

FFS... This is a $200 SONY Xperia Budget smart phone that delivers great user experience and gives decent functionality. Stop hating it or comparing it to high-end more expensive phones. Simply appreciate what it represents(decent smart phone for t...

  • justboughtL2

when will this model can be root / unlocked the bootloader. this model still not in the list for unlocking in the sony unlock website although that there is other 2018 model that can be unlocked.

i love the Sony Xperia L2, it is to die for, slamming camera quality, browsing speed is super fast, large memeory and sleek handling... just that i cant seem to grt the glass screen guard or its pouch anywhere.