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Sony Xperia L4 Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Great value for money
  • Decent triple rear camera setup
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Mediocre performance
  • Poor camera performance

Summary

Sony Xperia L4 is not as praise-worthy as last year's Xperia L3, but it's still a dependable phone for the price. You'll need to charge it every day, as it struggles with some very demanding games, and the design may seem plain if you don't buy into Sony's style. If Sony wants to really take the fight to the competition, it'll have to make some much more drastic changes.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 26%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia L4 comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the back, plus a wide-angle lens. However, a macro lens like on the comparable devices is missing. The camera takes surprisingly sharp pictures under normal lighting conditions. The screen resolves with an extended 720p resolution, which is standard in this price class.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent battery life
  • Decent cameras
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Slow WLAN
  • No microSD card slot

t3[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 48%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia L4 has a 13MP main camera, a 5MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there's an 8MP selfie snapper. Under the hood sits a 3,580mAh battery, which is smaller than most recent phones at any price. A Mediatek MT6762 chipset powers the phone, along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Running Android 9 Pie, the phone feels very intuitive to use.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent camera system
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre performance
  • No 5G or Wi-Fi 6

techadvisor[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 43%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia L4 costs £169 via the Xperia Official Partner in the UK, where it's also available for the same price at Amazon. There are no configuration options beyond colour, so in exchange you'll get 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The main 13Mp sensor is joined by 5Mp ultra-wide and 2Mp depth sensors. Despite sounding good on paper, the L4's cameras are a bit hit-and-miss.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Underwhelming cameras
  • Mediocre camera performance

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 34%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia L4 is not a powerful phone. It has a MediaTek Helio P22 processor, a relatively old processor announced in 2018. It also has just 3GB of RAM, which is the least its Android 9 software can scrape by with while avoiding grating performance issues. Games like PUBG can seem to take a small eternity to reach the main menu, and even much less demanding apps like Twitter and Chrome are affected to a lesser extent.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent battery life
  • Decent cameras
  • Good value for money
Cons[**]
  • Slow charging
  • No 4K video

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 43%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia L4 has a 3580mAh battery, which is a pretty decent size for a budget phone. It's not as big as the 5000mAh monstrosities found in the Honor 9A, the Realme 5, and the Moto G8 Power. There’s a 21:9 Multi-window app on the main home screen, which enables you to run multiple apps side by side or stacked one on top of the other. Video capture is an unremarkable 1080p and 30fps, but it’ll do at a push.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Good camera
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre low-light camera performance
  • Unreliable software

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia L4 smartphone Review - 2020 smartphone with 2018 android. notebookcheck. 2020-10-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony Xperia L4 review: basic across the board. t3. 2021-07-05 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Sony Xperia L4 review. techadvisor. 2020-06-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony Xperia L4 review. techradar. 2020-06-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Xperia L4 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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