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Sony Xperia L looks like a bigger version of the Xperia U

Sony has unveiled a new mainstream smartphone called the Xperia L, one that is essentially a bigger and better version of the very popular Xperia U (which still remains one of our all-time favourite smartphones ever – you can check its review of Xperia U here).

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 SoC, a dual-core model clocked at 1GHz. There’s also 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera with Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile sensor, a front facing VGA one and HD video recording.

Our biggest bugbear remains the fact that it has a 4.3in but with the same resolution as the Xperia U’s; 854 x 480 pixels, which yields one of the lowest pixel densities of any mainstream smartphone on the market.

As for connectivity, it includes AGPS, Wi-Fi, a micro USB port, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, NFC and support for MHL. Sony also included a number of media apps.

Like its bigger brother, the Xperia SP, which was also unveiled yesterday, the Xperia L will be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2013. Pricing has yet to be disclosed but we expect it to sell for under £150 on PAYG.