Sony Xperia L3 Review

Sony launched the Midrange Device named Xperia L3 with Stock Android 9 Pie at MWC 2019. Xperia L3 released in International Markets on 27 Feb 2019. Xperia L3 is priced at $ 229 in the US for 3GB + 32GB Variant.

it features the Helio chip from Mediatek named Helio P22 which is available on Redmi 6, Realme C2 & Vivo Y91i. this chip is made of 12nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor features 8 x A53 low power cores which are clocked at 2.0GHz. it has IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU.  it has a CAT 12 Modem which has Download and Upload speeds of 600 & 150MBPS. it has also integrated Ai bulit in processor which helps in AI Capabilities.

Xperia L3 Smartphone has a Dual Camera setup which comprises a 13MP Wideangle sensor F/2.2 + 2MP Depth sensor which makes the user take normal, good portrait images.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of  Sony Xperia L3 and Jump into the review.

Sony Xperia L3

  • 5.7“ HD+ 18:9 IPS LCD Display
  • Protected With Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • MediaTek Helio P22 CPU
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 3 GB ram
  • 32 GB Internal Storage Storage, Expandable Via Micro – SD Card up to 1 TB. 
  • Dual nano sim slot
  • Dual rear camera 13 MP f/2.2 (Primary) + 5MP (Secondary) 
  • Front camera 8MP (f/2.0) 
  • Android 9.0 Pie.
  • 3300 Battery with 18W Fast Cahrging Support
  • Fingerprint scanner / Volte
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 5.0 / USB – C / 3.5MM Jack 

5.7″ HD+ IPS LCD Screen :

Here in Display Department Xperia L3 Features an Excellent FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD panel in 21:9 Aspect Ratio with 282 pixels per inch, the colours are more vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also perfect. There are No issues & problems with the screen quality of Xperia L3. 

Single Speaker and USB-C Port :

 in Xperia L3, Sony Used their traditional Single Speaker System which were is very loud and Equal to their Older Xperia L2 Smartphone. these speakers are supported by Smart Amp Sound technology which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker. there is Secondary noise cancellation Mic which is used in Noisy Conditions for Clear Voice calls.

Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, the headphone jack provided which provides a punchy and clear sound. the headphones are not present in the Box Due to Competitive pricing. but with some good pair headphones for listening to music and for taking voice calls clearly.

Build Quality : 

 Xperia L3 is Built with a Polycarbonate frame on the side and same 
Polycarbonate on the back of the device. on the front it is protected with Gorilla Glass 5. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with Metal body. Through this Xperia L3 was Build with a Polycarbonate Frame there are no issues of creakiness with the build quality. well built and the bezels are shrunk down to place a 5.7″ IPS LCD screen.

Rear fingerprint scanner: 

Xperia L3 Features a Side mounted fingerprint sensor which is Build in the power Button of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user.

Weight balance: 
Xperia L3 feels some heft with 6.5″ Screen and 3300 mAh battery equipped. This can be Xperia L3 cannot be used by one hand. the Weight Balance is Done Very Well on the Device.

Battery life:

 My Xperia L3 lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 9% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 3300 mAH Battery. We got 4.5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get up to 5 to 5.5 hr Battery life if you use on WiFi. The ideal drain of Xperia L3 is very low as Xperia L2. here in 
Xperia L3 has USB-PD Fast Charging is added back up the backup fastly. this actually makes a difference and charges the phone in 83 min which is very good.


Stock Andriod Operating System :

Here the Xperia L3 comes with the Stock Android Branding. so it runs on stock Android 9 Pie which good. we cannot see Dual apps and other features in this Android 9 Pie. we cannot see the unnecessary apps that are wasting Ram on the phone which is good. By having Stock Android Branding we can Expect 2 years of Android Version Upgrades and 3 years of security updates on Xperia L3.

Performance: 

My Xperia L3 managed to do day to day tasks very well like its Old Gen Xperia L2. there are No issues and problems with the UI and there are no overheating issues with Xperia L3.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this Xperia L3 device. it features 3GB ram and I did not notice any lags and there are no reloading of apps on this Xperia L3. But Heavy Games will Start Reloading after 5 Min. Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at High graphics setting without many lags & frame drops in the game.

Storage:

In the Storage Department, Xperia L3 Has 32Gb Storage Options. In the 32Gb Model, We get 26 GB free out of the box. Xperia L3 Has Micro SD Card up to 1TB Support. now You Wont have to Relay on the Provided Internal Storage. It has A Support for USB Otg. It Detects the Pendrives, hard disks, Mouse, Keyboards. If you want to see the hard disk you have to Install ES File Explorer App and Open it.

Sensor’s:

Xperia L3  has all useful Sensors like Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer proximity, compass. All Sensors are working well. Expect GyroScope sensor is not Present.

Call Quality :

 the Call quality on Xperia L3 is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality. we have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. the earpiece is on the top bezel & its very loud.

Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, Xperia L3 features a Dual Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in Any lighting condition. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

1. Main Camera: the 13MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.2. the daylight pictures are Average and contain Average details. Exposure is in control with decent Dynamic range to take good photos in good lighting Conditions. in Low Light Conditions Camera Performance is Average.

2. Depth Camera:   the 2MP Depth Camera on Xperia L3 Doesn’t do a good job in low lighting conditions. it captures pictures with good portrait Effect. it is built to get Good support primary camera in low light Conditions.

Video recording can be done up to [email protected] .the video footage has average Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Electronic Image Stabilization is good in 1080p FHD recording. the video quality is very poor in the low night conditions. it has also support for Super slow mo which record’s in 720p Sample.

Selfie camera :

  Xperia L3 features an 8MP selfie camera with large 1.12 μm pixel size and 78˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0. the Picture quality is good and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions. in low light conditions, it uses pixel binning support to get good details. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range. This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artifical Intelligence.

Video recording can be done up to [email protected] .the video footage has average Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Electronic Image Stabilization is good in 1080p FHD recording. the video quality is very Poor in the low night conditions. it has also support for Super slow mo which record’s in 720p Sample.

Talk Back and Screen casting Support:

In Xperia L3  has a Support for screencasting and talk back Feature in Setting. we can Turn on Talk back from asceesbility and screen casting directly from the Setting menu.

Notifiaction Light

It has a single colour notification light on top. it is in White colour.

Widevine L1 support:

  Xperia L3 has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see in a Sony Smartphone.

Pros

  • Good 18:9 Aspect Ratio Display
  • Faster UI
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Fast Charging Support with USB-PD (Power Delivery)
  • Fastest Side Fingerprint Sensor

Cons

  • Helio P22 Chipset
  • Camera is not Good In Daylight & Lowlight
  • Slower Updates

VERDICT

Who can Get Xperia L3: if you want a Sony device with 18:9 Aspect Ratio with Stock Android and Helio P22 Soc Then Xperia L3  can be your First choice. if you want more powerful hardware or Price to Value Mobiles Then

  • Samsung Galaxy A40
  • Moto G7 Play
  • Honor 8x
  • Realme 3
  • Nokia 7.1

If you are using Xperia L3  then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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