Sony Xperia L4 is Sony’s latest attempt at the entry-level smartphone market
Sony has vacated large regions of the worldwide smartphone market, but it hasn’t given up on releasing phones. The company’s flagship Sony Xperia 1 and Sony Xperia 5 phones are due for a refresh. The rumored Xperia 1.1 and the Xperia 5 Plus will be launched via an online event after the cancellation of MWC 2020. Sony’s budget and lower mid-range phones typically don’t tend to perform well in terms of sales except in its home market of Japan. The company is keeping to its strategy, however, of making low-key announcements of budget and lower mid-range phones. The Xperia L series is Sony’s series for the entry-level market, and now, Sony has launched the Xperia L4. The Xperia L4 is the successor to last year’s Xperia L3.
|Specifications||Sony Xperia L4|
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|Fingerprint Sensor||Side-mounted fingerprint|
|Android Version||Android 9|
Not much is remarkable about the Xperia L4 if we consider the rest of the budget and mid-range smartphone market. In a vacuum, it does bring a few important changes. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ (1680×720) IPS LCD with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The tall-and-narrow aspect ratio matches the aspect ratio of Sony’s flagship Xperia 1, as well as a few competing phones from Motorola. The side sense and multi-window features make sense here, according to Sony, by letting users easily access their favorite apps. At the 6.2-inch diagonal, it’s arguably going to lead to a cramped experience in terms of display width, but one-handed usability may get a boost.
The Xperia L4 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, the same as its predecessor. Unfortunately, there is nothing impressive about this SoC anymore, even for entry-level phones. The Realme C3 is powered by the newer Helio G70 SoC, which is much, much faster. The Helio P22 was used in phones like the Xiaomi Redmi 6, and they were hardly great performers. Sony has still quite a way to go. The RAM and storage configuration is 3GB/32GB, which is the minimum for a budget phone these days.
Sony’s latest attempt in the entry-level phone market comes with a triple rear camera setup, the first for the Xperia L series. It has a 13MP primary sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Bokeh mode is included, as expected. The front camera’s resolution is 8MP. Photos can be captured in the 21:9 aspect ratio.
The Xperia L4 has a 3,580mAh battery with support for fast charging. It’s unclear if it supports the USB-C PD fast charging protocol. Sony’s Xperia Adaptive Charging (based on Qnovo) monitors the phone as it charges and ensures that it isn’t overworked. It’s a genuinely useful feature that Sony has offered over the years.
The Xperia L4 will be available in Black and Blue colors. In terms of availability and pricing, Sony vaguely said the phone will be available in “select markets” from Spring 2020 onward. Pricing details weren’t divulged. Frankly speaking, it’s hard to get excited about phones of this caliber. It’s a harsh truth that Sony will have to get used to even if it wants to operate in only a few markets.