By Stephen Schenck | May 17, 2013 7:57 PM
Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia UL: it’s been starting to feel like Sony’s transformed itself into an assembly line for 1080p Androids lately. Despite all this focus on high-end, high-res handsets, it’s also managed to continue addressing other market segments, and back in March we learned about a couple more conservative models, the Xperia L and Xperia SP. Now, the Xperia L is finally going up for pre-order for interested US customers. Is it worth what Sony’s asking, though?
Sony is currently taking orders for the Xperia L, with the intention of shipping the phones on May 23. Its radios will work on either T-Mobile or AT&T (no LTE, though), and it’s selling unlocked and contract-free for just about $350.
Now, $350 is a fine price for an obligation-free phone – that’s what Google’s asking for the 16GB Nexus 4 – but is what you get with the Xperia L really enough? After all, the phone has a 4.3-inch FWVGA screen, only a dual-core Snapdragon S4, just 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal flash (expandable via microSD).
The only somewhat interesting spec is an eight-megapixel Exmor RS camera, but are all those other sacrifices worth it? We’ll leave it to consumers to decide, but we get the feeling this guy is just a bit too expensive for what it’s trying to be.