Sony Xperia L3

Sony Xperia L3 Review

Despite Sony’s higher quality models released in 2019, the Sony Xperia L3 still deserves credit for both its price and features. Priced at just £170, this handset is a fine example of quality at a more reasonable price. The L3 is ideal for those who love taking photos or for anyone wanting both a stylish and affordable phone.

Despite Sony’s higher quality models released in 2019, the Sony Xperia L3 still deserves credit for both its price and features. Priced at just £170, this handset is a fine example of quality at a more reasonable price. The L3 is ideal for those who love taking photos or for anyone wanting both a stylish and affordable phone.

The  Sony Xperia L3 sits at the lower end of Sony’s price range and is their entry level phone that follows their companies familiar styling principles.This model is available to purchase instore, and you can partner your new handset with one of our incredible SIM only bundle deals.

Below we explore the features and specifications that make this budget phone so brilliant.

Design & Display

The Xperia L3 has the typical Sony phone look; with the sleek rectangle shape and softly curved corners. The weight of the phone is fairly light at 156g, with a thickness of 9.8mm. Whilst the back of the phone looks like glass, it is in fact an an all-plasic phone. The 2.5D front glass provides this phone with a touch of class that not many plastic phones do.

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.

Performance & Memory

At the heart of the Xperia L3 is a MediaTek Helio P22 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 L3 nicely caters to this. The main 13MP camera with a 2MP additional depth sensor 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. One of the best features of this camera is the detail captured in photographs.

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.

The Sony Xperia L3 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.

Battery Life

The Sony Xperia L3 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 L3 runs on the Android 8.1 software, 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.

Why should I buy the Sony Xperia L3?

  • Affordable price

  • Sleek design 

  • 13MP main camera and 8MP portrait camera, great for capturing the perfect selfie

  • Great battery performance - up to 15 hours of web browsing 

  • Fingerprint sensor for extra security


Looking for a SIM only deal to match your new phone? Why not pick up a great value data bundle? Grab 10GB for just £10! And, don't forget that you can purchase this phone instore.

Still haven't found what you're looking for? Read our review on sim free phones for less than £200 if you are comparing phones within this price range.

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