Sony Xperia L3 review
Low budget / big screen
Our Sony Xperia L3 review reveals a low budget smartphone that you can pick up from £11.75 on a 2-year contract or from £169 handset only / pay as you go. This Sony phone has a big display, which is ideal for watching TV or movies, and a dual camera.
Wide screen display
Screens have been getting wider in recent months and the Sony Xperia L3 follows this trend with its 5.7” LCD display. This has an 18:9 screen-aspect-ratio so that you can see more of films and games while holding less.
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The display has HD+ resolution (1,440x 720 pixels) to make use of that wider format. The front of the phone is covered in durable 2D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and this gives the phone a premium look.
You can choose between Silver, Gold, or Black, and these colours are applied to the back that looks like glass, and the sides that look a metal alloy. However, the back and sides are in fact plastic, a choice that has obviously helped keep the price down.
The phone weighs 156g, which is very light and has a width of 8.9mm, which isn’t quite as slim as a premium phone. Inside, a Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 2GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM powers the action, helping you experience minimal lag when opening games or browsing the internet.
Phone Set Up
Wake with a touch
The Sony Xperia L3 has a handy fingerprint sensor built into a button on the side of the phone. This is a nice way to secure your phone and one touch of the sensor wakes up the screen.
During your setup, you may want to move photos, videos, and other content over from your old phone. There is a 32GB memory to accommodate this and a memory card slot that supports cards up to 512GB.
Android with a Sony UI
The Sony Xperia L3 operates on Android 8.1 Oreo and this gets a bit of a makeover with Sony UI. This user interface makes the phone stand out from others and you get a few Sony-made apps to spice things up a little.
If you wish, you can activate the Google Feed and see news on the left-most panel of the home screen, and the news stories are tailored to your interests, which the feed learns over time. If you wish to multitask and watch a video while browsing your social feed, then you can do this in Split Screen Mode.
A couple of other notable features include a step counter, a bottom-ported stereo speaker, and a notification light.
Camera & Video
A dual camera adorns the Sony Xperia L3 and this consists of a 13MP lens that captures fine detail, contrast, and colour, while a 2MP lens creates a depth map. This depth map lets you use background defocus, for artistic results.
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There is no optical zoom but you can get in close with the 4x digital zoom. You can also record video at Full HD quality and use the Album app to view a slideshow of your memories.
The 8MP selfie camera lets you defocus the background of your selfies, although this is software driven due to its single lens. There is a display flash to illuminate low-light scenes and a series of Portrait Selfie effects that include:
- Soft Skin
- Skin Brightness
- Slender Face
- Eye Enlargement
All day battery
The Sony Xperia L3 has a well-sized 3,300mAh battery that should last all day. The battery is protected during charging with Xperia Adaptive Charging and this takes place through a USB Type-C charger. This charger has a symmetrical adaptor, making it easy to insert into the phone.
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Written by: Michael Brown