Sony recently unveiled its new entry-level smartphone model, the Xperia L4. Entry level means: no top-notch tech, no Snapdragon processor, and no 4K display. On the contrary. With the Mediatek Helio P22 processor and an HD + dissolving LC display, Sony tends to dig into the capture box. For comparison: the Helio P22 is slightly below the Snapdragon 450 in the benchmark. The cheap parts also allow Sony to offer the Xperia L4 at a relatively low price. The smartphone changes hands for just under 200 euros.
In addition to a 6.2-inch screen in 21: 9 format, the buyer gets a triple camera. But be careful: the third camera is just a depth sensor and no more focal length. There is also a 3580 mAh battery, 3 GB of RAM and a 64 GB data repository. You can expand the latter with a microSD card if necessary.
Those who still have wired headphones with a jack connection can be happy: Sony grabs the jack and equips the Xperia L4 with the corresponding connection. The smartphone is unlocked using a fingerprint sensor, which is located between the volume rocker and the on / off switch.
The design of the Xperia L4
Compared to the Xperia L3, Sony mainly saves on the frame around the screen. This also brings the entry-level class to the present. The border has been specially reduced under the screen. The front camera slides in from the top edge by a notch, which again contributes to modernity. The rest remains practically unchanged. The body of the Xperia L4 is also made of plastic. The design of the rear has hardly changed except for another camera.
Price and market launch
The Sony Xperia L4 is now available in stores. So the Japanese keep their February promise to make the smartphone available in April, albeit very strictly. Buyers can choose between black and blue. The market launch price is 199 euros.
By the way: the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is also available for about 200 euros. The highlights of the Chinese entry-level smartphone include the royal triple camera, 6GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery. Thus, the Redmi Note 8 Pro makes the Xperia L4 look old, at least in these disciplines. And one more thing: while the Xiaomi smartphone has already been updated to Android 10, Sony is launching the Xperia L4 with the almost two-year-old Android 9 version.
If you look at these facts, you quickly come to the conclusion: the Xperia L4 is a solid entry-level smartphone. However, compared to the competition, it is either too poorly equipped or significantly too expensive.