- Good finishes.
- Double-SIM and microSD.
- Screen rather faithful.
- Low contrast IPS panel.
- Quality of the photos very disappointing.
- Average battery life.
BOTTOM LINE :
The Sony Xperia L1 will not turn the smartphone market upside down. It is generally very average and may be suitable for basic use. Do not expect too much, especially in photo.
The Sony Xperia L1 is a smartphone that flows into the arena of terminals less than 200$ without any trump. This segment is very disputed and it is almost impossible to forget its Full HD screen or fingerprint reader. Two keys to success that the Xperia L1 forgets to take away.
Technically, the Xperia L1 is very close to the Xperia E5. The major difference is that the L1 boasts a larger screen, 5.5 inches, still in HD definition (1280 x 720 px). It is powered by a SoC MediaTek MT6737T, consisting of 4 ARM Cortex-A53 (1.45 GHz) cores, an iGPU Mali-T720 and coupled with 2 GB of RAM. The 16GB internal memory can be expanded by adding a microSD card. For the photo, the very classic sensor couple of 13 Mpx at the rear and 5 Mpx at the front is renewed. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE are all ways that the L1 can connect to its environment. Independently of the microSD card, the Xperia L1 can accommodate 2 nano-SIM cards. The power supply of the whole is ensured by a battery of 2620 mAh, while it is Android 7.0 Nougat that takes care of the animation software.
ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
The L1 is not really in the finesse with its 8.7 mm thick. However, his back slightly curved and covered with a matte plastic is very pleasant in hand. This surface also has the advantage of not slipping. The buttons are all located on the right edge and only the one devolved to the unlocking is easily accessible from the thumb. The volume keys are placed too high and require a small gymnastics to be activated.
Overall, the finishes are very good. The hatch that contains the SIM and microSD ports integrates well with the set and makes accessing these ports very easy. Even at less than 200$, the absence of a fingerprint reader becomes penalizing.
Strangely enough, the Xperia L1 has a certain tendency to rise in temperature. We notice temperatures rising to 43 ° C on the back and almost 41 ° C at the front.
As for reactivity, the screen of the Xperia L1 is in average of our comparison. We measured its remanence at 18 ms and its tactile delay at 89 ms.
INTERFACE AND NAVIGATION
The MediaTek MT6737T chip and the 2 GB of RAM that accompany it do an honest job for simple tasks. When several applications are open, we feel that the system slows down slightly, without falling into the lag.
The headphone output of the Xperia L1 is average. Without being very powerful, it will suit the majority of headphones. The distortion is rather contained, the dynamic is satisfactory and only the reproduction of the stereo image is disappointing. The loudspeaker on the lower slice provides enough power and precision to view a video or make a hands-free call.
For the video game, the chip Mali-T720 begins to get old. It is enough to turn titles little greedy, but will be much more to the pain face 3D games, more demanding. It will then have to go through the graphic settings to hope to preserve a semblance of fluidity.
Quite logically, things are even worse in low light. The white balance loses the north and the details disappear completely this time. The image processing seems to push the exposure to the center of the photo, leaving the corners darker and causing a very marked vignetting. Focusing becomes very delicate in difficult light conditions.
Video capture can go up to Full HD. As you can imagine, it is better to focus on well-lit environments in order to hope to see something. Exposure measurement and development monitoring are quite slow overall.
The front sensor of 5 Mpx does not make a miracle. It smooths a lot the clichés to mask the noise generated and thus makes much lose in natural to the photographed faces.
We did not notice any particular weaknesses on the receiving side and the recovery of 4G after being switched back to the coverage area is done quickly.