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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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.