Sony Xperia L2 review
Selfies, battery, security and memory
Our Sony Xperia L2 review finds four big improvements in the phone that will replace the Sony Xperia L1. There is more memory, a better selfie camera, a higher capacity battery and a fingerprint sensor.
The Sony Xperia L2 will arrive in the UK in early February 2018 and be priced at around £200. This Sony phone will also be available on low-cost two year contracts with a wide range of tariffs.
Display, design and processor
The Sony Xperia L2 has an ample 5.5” display with HD resolution. This gives you 720 x 1280 pixels at 267 pixels per inch. The display is bright and vivid, so we have no complaints here.
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The design is pretty much the same as other Sony phones that have been recently released. The display is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass and the phone will come in three colours; Black, Pink and Gold. The thickness and weight are pretty typical at 9.8mm and 178g.
The MediaTek 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 3GB RAM performs well and the 3GB RAM helps to ensure apps and games run smoothly.
Comparison: Sony Xperia L1 has 2GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
The Sony Xperia L2 gets a fingerprint sensor, which is located on the back. This really is the best place for it and it feels quite natural to use. You can store up to five fingerprints, which is good for saving a fingerprint from both hands, while allowing three more fingerprints for family or friends that you want to be able to access the phone.
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For convenience, you can activate Smart Lock and this keeps the phone unlocked under certain situations. These could be when you are carrying it or when you have it connected to a Bluetooth device.
The Sony Xperia L2 has a healthy 32GB internal memory. This is plenty for transferring content over from an old phone.
Should you need more memory in the future, there is a microSD card slot that accepts cards with a value of up to 256GB.
The Sony Xperia L2 runs Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. Some of the benefits of this include Split Screen Mode and double tapping of the recent apps button, to switch between the last two used apps.
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You can shrink the display for one-handed use and make Google Duo video calls. You can also set up a Google Feed that provides traffic updates, sports team scores and popular restaurant recommendations.
We really like the additions that Sony has added and these do make a difference to the overall experience. To begin with, Sony has added a few of its own home-built apps.
Sony apps include:
- Movie Creator
- AR effect
- Xperia Lounge
The Music app is a particular star with ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, an equaliser and a surround sound effect. The sound is projected well through the bottom ported speaker.
Xperia Actions bring an innovative and pre-emptive edge, with automatic overnight settings for notifications and app data permissions when your travel abroad. There are many other options that automate a lot of actions you would have to make in the phone’s settings.
Camera & Video
Super wide angle selfie camera
The Sony Xperia L2 has a 8MP super 120o wide angle selfie camera. This means that group selfies are a real possibility. You can also get more natural poses with Smile Shutter watching out for a grin and then automatically activating the shutter.
Comparison: The Sony Xperia L1 has a 5MP selfie camera.
Clear Image Zoom
The 13MP camera has 3x Clear Image Zoom and this means that you can zoom in without losing clarity. If you need to capture the action quickly, then you can swipe over the camera icon on the lock screen to open the camera and take a photo automatically.
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Other features we love include the Album app, which lets you see your photos organised in a globe view. You can also record Full HD video.
The Sony Xperia L2 has a high capacity 3,300mAh battery. Future performance is protected by Qnovo Adaptive Charging, which adjusts the charging current to protect the battery’s capacity over time.
Comparison: The Sony Xperia L1 has a 2,620mAh battery.
Battery Care also protects future battery capacity by only charging the phone to 90%, and by then only charging that last 10% just before you wake up. Connecting the charger is much easier as well, with a symmetrical USB Type-C connector.
If you do get caught short of power, then you can activate STAMINA or Ultra STAMINA Mode.
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Written by: Michael Brown