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Sony makes quality products and this is also true when it comes to smartphones. Priced at £200, the Sony Xperia L2 is a fine example of quality at a more reasonable price. This is a mobile phone for people who love to take photos or for people who want a good-looking smartphone that has a design unique to the Sony Brand.
Last updated: 17th Dec 2018 at 11:51am
Earlier this year Sony released one of it’s most affordable phones yet. The brand new Sony Xperia L2 sits at the lower end of Sony’s price range and is their new entry level phone that follows their companies familiar styling principles. Below we go through the features and specifications that make this budget phone so brilliant.
The Xperia X2 has the typical Sony phone look; with the sleek rectangle shape and softly curved corners. The handsets are available in Gold, Black and Pink and have a smart matt but slightly metallic looking finish. The weight of the phone is fairly light at 178g, with a thickness of 9.8mm. The back is curved so it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, or slides nicely into your pocket.
The front of this Sony smartphone is made from Corning Gorilla Glass and this brings durability to the design, protecting against minor bumps and scratches.
The Sony Xperia L2 has a 5.5” display and this is well-sized for viewing photos, playing games or browsing the internet. The HD resolution equates to 1,280x 720 pixels and this breaks down to 267 pixels per inch. This resolution lets you see fine detail and Sony’s Image Enhance Technology ensures your eyes enjoy a visual treat.
The display interface has the same visuals and widgets that all Sony smartphones have had for a couple of years now. You have lots of great apps such as Movie Creator and the PlayStation app so that you can sync to your console profile, Xperia Lounge which sends you vouchers, offers and app suggestions.
At the heart of the Xperia L2 is a MediaTek quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 3GB of RAM. This is a mid-range chip that gives a great experience even when you are doing processor-heavy tasks, such as playing graphics intensive games or multitasking between apps.
There is a 32GB internal memory for your photos and an up to 256GB MicroSD Card slot that will permit boosting the memory in the future, if needed. To get the most from the memory, you can run the Smart Cleaner occasionally and clear up your junk files.
Taking good photos and selfies is critical for smartphone owners today and the Sony Xperia L2 nicely caters to this. The main 13MP camera captures the smallest details and it has a Low-Light Photo mode that helps to reduce image noise and distortion, when the lighting isn’t good.
The feature that many will rejoice over is Clear Image Zoom. This offers 3x zoom where the quality of the image doesn’t visibly deteriorate. Another camera feature that will be popular is Launch and Capture. Launch and Capture works be swiping your finger over the camera icon on the lock-screen. When you do this the camera app will open and a photo or video will be captured automatically.
If you like to save your memories in the form of a video then you will enjoy Full HD quality. This video resolution is higher than that of the display but this is really worth appreciating if you want to play back your videos on a computer, laptop or TV.
The Sony Xperia L2 has an 8MP portrait camera with a 120-degree wide-angle; great for taking super wide selfies. If you find it tricky to hit the shutter button when taking selfies, then you can turn on Smile Shutter and simply grin when you want to take a selfie.
There are a series of Sony apps dedicated to the camera and these include Movie Creator, Slide-show and Album. The Album app lets you see your photos and videos in a global or chronological view.
The Sony Xperia L2 has a 3,300mAh capacity battery, which is very healthy indeed. The battery is easy to charge because the phone has a USB Type-C port and charger. This connector is symmetrical, so there is no right or wrong way up. The battery can handle up to 15 hours of web browsing - which is good going for a phone within this price range.
The Battery Care feature and Qnovo Adaptive Charging work together to protect the battery and extend its life. If you know that you will be away from a charging point for a long time, then you can turn on STAMINA or ULTRA STAMINA mode.
The Sony Xperia L2 runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system, which brings a Split-Screen Mode and a Mini Display feature for left or right one-handed use. If you wish, you can activate the Google Feed, view news, traffic alerts, restaurant recommendations and sports team scores on the the far left hand-side of the home screen.
Sony’s Xperia Actions allow you to automate many actions that you might carry out on a regular basis. Xperia Actions include Goodnight Actions that automatically mutes notifications and puts the phone in STAMINA mode. There are also Travel Actions, Gaming Actions, and Commute Actions.
Music is taken to new heights through the Sony Music app. Sony technologies are at work here and these include Clear Bass, ClearAudio+, Surround Sound, and an equaliser. The speaker is bottom-ported so that it doesn’t get muffled when you put your phone down and there is a Dynamic Normaliser for those who prefer to keep their music playing back at a consistent volume.
Security is at its best with a fingerprint sensor positioned on the back of the phone. Fingerprint scanners are a relatively new and useful technology for keeping your phone safe. You can add up to five different fingerprints - handy if you want other family members to be able to access your phone. For convenience, the Smart Lock feature can be turned on and this keeps the phone unlocked when it is paired to a Bluetooth device.
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