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June 12, 2019

Sony Xperia L3 Review – A Budget-friendly Phone with Mind-boggling Features

Normally, Sony doesn’t launch budget-friendly smartphones but Sony Xperia L3 in Australia is different. Yes! This gorgeously designed smartphone is lower cost enough to take on the competition in between AU$200-400. This is quite appealing as it doesn’t come with a notch and it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Is rear-mounted better than on the side?

Well, Sony Xperia L3 seems a little ordinary when we see Motorola smartphones with better batteries and Honor devices with eye-catching designs – but that cannot force anyone to think twice before buying as it’s already equipped with state-of-the-art features to appeal. The key highlights of Sony Xperia L3 are related to Android Oreo 8.1 (upgradable),5.7-inches IPS LCD screen, 32GB of onboard memory, 3GB of RAM, rear dual cameras and handsome 3300mAh battery to use it throughout the day. What else does it bring along? Let’s find out in our short Sony Xperia L3 Review below!

Sony Xperia L3 Specifications:

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC are some of the connectivity options. It comes with Android Oreo 8.1 operating system, 8MP front-facing camera, side-mounted fingerprint scanner (as mentioned above) and three colours to choose from. Rest of the Sony Xperia L3 Specs are as follow:

  • Dimensions: 154 x 72 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 156 grams
  • Display Size: 5.7-inches IPS LCD (720 x 1440)
  • Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Operating System: Android Oreo 8.1
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P22
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • Cameras: 13MP + 2MP Rear and 8MP Front
  • RAM and ROM: 3GB with 32GB (Expandable Up to 1TB)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted),Compass, Proximity, and Accelerometer
  • Battery: 3300mAh (Fast Charging)
  • Colours: Black, Gold, and Silver

Sony Xperia L3 Design:

Perhaps you will feel that Sony Xperia is one of the top-end smartphones, at first glance. But it’s an entry-level smartphone which looks awesome. The all-metal unibody design is indeed great and fits perfectly in the palm of a hand. It’s available in three dazzling colours to choose from – Silver, Gold, and Black. Furthermore, it’s equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner (on the right-hand side) that can be used to unlock the smartphone. This scanner is holding its position in between the volume rockers and power button whereas a USB Type-C port is available on the bottom of the phone.

Sony Xperia L3 Display:

The 5.7-inches IPS LCD display, without a doubt, is impressive with edge-to-edge 18:9 aspect ratio along with acceptable slim forehead and chin bezels. The display is backed by a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels and it’s protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Performance-wise, it produces 96% of the sRGB colour gamut with average Delta E of 2.32. The colours are quite punchy and it takes the enjoyment to the next level when watching a movie or playing a game.

Sony Xperia L3 Camera:

The smartphone, on paper, is equipped with a 13MP main and 2MP depth sensor. As we have seen that slightly expensive smartphones come with a 12MP sensors. They sound good as compared to 13MP ones as very expensive devices tend to use a 12MP sensor. Based on a report from online sources, captured images look pretty sharp and colourful but it struggles a little bit in a low-light condition. However, Sony’s has said it captures smooth images with less noise. Besides, it’s a good phone with a good camera when it comes to making night scenes and that is what Sony feels proud of. The front side of the phone, on the other hand, is covered with a single 8MP camera that is ready to assist you in selfies and video calls.

Sony Xperia L3 Performance:

Digging down inside it, Sony Xperia L3 comes with old software – Android Oreo 8.1 operating system. Thus, it lacks some important customizations and the digital wellness features Google cooked up for 9.0. So many wouldn’t buy one due to the many differences such as different fonts and different settings menu look.

Aside from software, it’s backed by MediaTek Helio P22 processor which is partnered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory (expandable further up to 1TB via microSD). It runs smoothly and gaming performance is fine as far as the price is concerned. Moreover, one can play most high-end Android games such as PUBG Mobile without getting a sign of lag. What else do you need?

Sony Xperia L3 Battery:

In terms of battery, Sony L3 doesn’t go against the like of Moto G7 Power but with 3300mAh battery, it’s more than enough to last you all day long under a casual use. However, if you want to play games and watch videos all day long, then the chunkier Moto is the right option for you. Approx. 11% battery will be consumed when watching YouTube for an hour – suggesting that it can last up to 9 hours of streaming videos. 

Sony Xperia L3 Pricing and Availability:

The official Sony Xperia L3 release date in Australia was somewhere back in February 2019 – very much like all other countries i.e. China, India, Japan, Philippines, UK, US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and others.

As far as Sony Xperia L3 Price in Australia is concerned, it set users back in between AU$247-304 – depends on the retailer or store you choose to buy from. We at have also gathered a list of online stores offering Sony Xperia L3 at different rates. Thus, we make it easier for you to compare the rates from numerous stores and buy one at the unmatched rates without compromising on your hard-earned money.


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