Sony Xperia L1 unlocked budget phone goes on sale in US

Brittany A. Roston - May 11, 2017, 4:47pm CDT
Sony Xperia L1 unlocked budget phone goes on sale in US

The Xperia L1 phone Sony introduced back in March is now available to purchase in the U.S., giving buyers a new option in the budget-friendly category. This handset brings the same Xperia aesthetics we’ve seen on the maker’s other recent smartphones, but with a comfortable $199 price and modest specifications. Users can expect a 720p display, quad-core processor, and more.

This phone, while attractive, is best described as basic, though not cheap. The Xperia L1 sports hardware suitable for the average user, including a quad-core MT6737T 64-bit 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage space. If that capacity isn’t adequate enough, the phone also has a microSD card slot that supports capacities up to 256GB.

The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera with 3x ‘clear zoom’ and autofocus, as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The display, meanwhile, has a modest 1280 x 720p resolution and a large 5.5-inch size. As the photo shows, the bezels are quite slim, making this a ‘borderless’ phone, according to Sony.

The phone itself is sold unlocked on Amazon and Best Buy; it supports GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, and that includes 4G LTE networks. Because it is unlocked, buyers have to pay the full $199.99 USD price tag at once, as there’s no monthly device plan option. However, the phone can be taken to any network with a compatible GSM network, meaning it can be used on anything from a big-name carrier like AT&T to something small and cheap like Cricket or MetroPCS.

SOURCE: Amazon

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