Sony Xperia L1
The 5.5-inch Sony Xperia L1 houses decent specs and cameras for a non-premium handset, which has always been an Xperia trademark. Sony Mobile

Sony just unveiled a new budget smartphone. The Sony Xperia L1 houses decent specs and cameras for a non-premium handset, which has always been an Xperia trademark. Official details about the new device’s pricing and regional availability have yet to be announced.

The Japanese electronics giant’s new phone sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a 74.6 percent screen-to-body ratio and 720 x 1,280 pixel resolution with 267 PPI pixel density. Inside, the Xperia L1 packs a Mediatek MT6737T chipset with a quad-core 1.45GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. It has 16GB eMMC internal memory with 2GB of RAM, but an external microSDXC slot is also available that is expandable up to 256GB.

Sony’s new economical smartphone runs on the latest Android operating system, 7.0 Nougat. It furnishes a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture (ISO 3200) and comes with autofocus, 3x clear image zoom and LED flash. For a budget handset, that’s a pretty good deal.

The main camera also boasts of standard features like geo-tagging, HDR, touch focus, panorama and face detection. It’s also capable of producing 1080p Full HD videos at 30 frames per second. The front-facing secondary camera of the Sony Xperia L1 is a 5MP shooter with a 24mm f/2.2 lens.

The Sony handset can virtually play and set any alert or audio type via its loudspeaker. It’s also a good thing that the company isn’t breaking tradition as the Xperia L1 comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. A 2,620mAh non-removable lithium ion battery powers the new phone, which has Qnovo Adaptive Charging support and a STAMINA Mode.

The L1’s connectivity listing includes A-GNSS, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, Google Cast, NFC and reversible USB Type-C 1.0. The main accessories of Sony’s new mobile phone include a charging dock and a Bluetooth headset with speaker.

It may be a budget phone, but the Xperia L1 sure looks good. It features a smooth and rounded frame, which should fit fine on any hand despite its semi-large size. Kudos to Sony for putting out a premium-looking, should-be affordable handset. Xperia devices never fail to impress aesthetically.

The Sony Xperia L1 comes in three colours: black, white and pink. The phone is also available in single SIM and dual SIM (dual standby) variants. As previously mentioned, Sony has yet to announce official pricing and availability of its new phone, but details should be made available in the coming days.