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Sony Xperia L1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1267 reviews of Sony Xperia L1. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and camera. The size and screen are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reception and durability.

usability, screen, size, camera, price

battery, durability, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia L1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (

Sony Xperia L1 Smartphone Review


Solid and good-looking. If you do not consider "solid" as an insult, but instead connect the word with reliability and trustworthiness, then the Sony Xperia L1 might be something for you. It offers solid performance, in the best sense of the word, in...

fancy case design ; NFC, USB OTG, USB C ; extensive and mostly up-to-date software ; fast Wi-Fi ; precise GPS ; good handling ; rather bright display with good color accuracy ; good battery runtimes for everyday use

pressure-sensitive case ; rough surface needs getting used to ; a lot of bloatware ; average microphone quality ; camera often produces mediocre images ; display has high black value ; comparatively low performance ; high maximum temperature ; high...

The Sony Xperia L1 is a lower mid-range smartphone that offers a sound performance in most areas. If you expect no more from your smartphone than to work and occasionally shoot a photo, you will be very happy with this device. Even though some might...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

Sony L1 Xperia phone


Sony Xperia L1 cheap phone : Last week we already reported that the Xperia L1 is coming up. Earlier than expected Sony just officially announced the L1. The Sony L1 is a cheap phone with a distinctive design and a large 5.5-inch HD display. The slim...

This Sony Android phone may be cheap, however, the device offers a very good price / quality ratio. Sony Xperia L1 has a premium look with a rounded frame that also reflects the Xperia XZ- and Xperia XA-series. Taking pictures is easy and fun with the...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

Sony Xperia L1 phone


Sony L1 Android smartphone : Sony is working hard this year on renewing its smartphone segment. In addition to a pair of premium smartphones, the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs, the Japanese manufacturer also introduced the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : S21 (

Sony Xperia L1 review


The Sony Xperia L1 offers the biggest screen you'll find on an entry-level or mid-range phone. But that's its only real selling point. Everything else is very ordinary, and the phone is bulky and heavy too. But if it's a big screen you're after, the L1...

As we said in our intro, there are almost no big phones at this price, so the Xperia L1 doesn't have much competition. But even in a contest where the L1 is the only entrant it doesn't fair particularly well.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Jon Mundy (

Sony Xperia L1


Sony Xperia L1 review: Can Sony's new budget champion beat off the Moto G5 and Wileyfox Swift 2?

Strong battery life ; Bright screen ; Competent camera

Hefty build ; No fingerprint sensor ; Display only 720p

The Xperia L1 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, which is the latest full version of Google’s OS. As far as custom skins go, Sony’s has been one of the more agreeably light examples of recent years. It makes for a pleasant all-round navigation experience.

Feb, 2018

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Sony Xperia L1 review


A big screen on a big budget, but that's pretty much all you get

5.5in screen feels plenty big enough for a sub-£200 phone ; 5.5in screen feels plenty big enough for a sub-£200 phone ; Xperia UI doesn’t get in your way

Only average performance and battery life ; Camera quality is merely ok ; As a whole package, it can’t match the competition

Sony’s signature style works in its favour, and the big screen is great at this price, but the Xperia L doesn’t do much else to take the win over similarly-priced rivals

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Damien McFerran (

Sony Xperia L1 review


A big screen budget blower that falls short elsewhere

Large display ; Nice design ; Expandable storage

Weak hardware ; Poor camera ; No fingerprint scanner

The Xperia L1 gives you Sony styling on a budget and that screen is nice and big, but a weak chipset, average camera and lack of a fingerprint scanner hold it back from true greatness, even at this low price.

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Clara Facchetti (

Sony Xperia L1 review


How does Sony's Xperia L1 compare to other budget phones? Find out in our review

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Sony Xperia L1 Review: Budget Moto G5 rival phone


Our Sony Xperia L1 review takes a close look at one of Sony's most affordable phones of 2017. Is the Xperia L1 a good choice for budget conscious shoppers?

Attractive screen ; Expandable storage ; User friendly OS

Limited performance ; No fingerprint sensor

The Xperia L1 is your typical budget blower, offering some slick Sony styling for the £150 asking price. In some areas it lags behind rivals such as the Moto G5, especially when it comes to performance, while the camera tech isn’t quite as strong...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (

Sony Xperia L1: 5.5-inch budget phone bound for April


You'll be able to pick up the Android phone from Sony and retail partners in three colors.

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2620
Continuous audio playback time:63
Continuous video playback time:8.4
Standby time (2G):639
Standby time (3G):687
Standby time (4G):651
Talk time (2G):12.8
Talk time (3G):11.5

Call Management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y


Auto focus:Y
Built-in flash:Y
Digital Zoom:3
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Image Stabilizer:Y
ISO sensitivity:1600, 3200, Auto
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Smile detection:Y
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability:Y


Color of product:Black / Pink / White
Form Factor:Bar


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:5.5
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor:Y
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y


Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y


Audio formats supported:3GPP,AAC,AAC+,AMR-NB,AMR-WB,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,OTA,WAV,eAAC+
FM radio:Y
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WEBP
Video compression formats:H.263,H.264
Video formats supported:3GPP,AVI,DIVX,H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VP8,VP9
Voice codecs:AMR-NB,AMR-WB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Electronic compass:Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G bands supported:900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+,UMTS
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, AVRCP, DID, GAP, GAVDP, HFP, HID, MAP, Pan, SAP, SPP
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Quick start guide:Y


Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


64-bit computing:Y
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Mediatek
Processor frequency:1.45
Processor model:MT6737T


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:7 / 7.0 / Nougat


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2
Internal RAM type:DDR3
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:2
RAM type:DDR3
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:9


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions