Our Opinion

The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is a significantly better phone than the Sony Xperia L2, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus!

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Price ₹ 16,990 onwards ₹ 17,723 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2018 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display Features Image Enhance Technology N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek MT6737T MediaTek Helio P20
GPU Mali-T720 Mali-T880MP2
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 23.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.06? Sensor Size F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1/2.3" Sensor Size, SteadyShot, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.4 Aperture, 120° Wide-angle lens, 1/4? Sensor Size F/2.0 Aperture, 23mm Focal Length, Autofocus, 1/4" Sensor Size, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Thickness 9.8 mm 8.7 mm
Weight 178 gm 189 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3430 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Qnovo Adaptive Charging Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; USB Type-C; Google Cast; Miracast; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks pretty decent - follows Sony's familiar styling principles - the stark rectangle on the front, and the softly rounded frame
  • The curved back allows the device to rest better in your palm
  • Good fingerprint scanner on the back - does its job plenty fast
  • A quick double-press on the power button acts as a camera shortcut
  • Sony's UI is a light reskin of Android with no extreme amount of added features or background processes to bog the device down - which is always good to see
  • Decent day-to-day performance - powered by a MediaTek 6737T, and 3 GB of RAM - things like chatting, browsing are seamless, though the phone will struggle with heavy games
  • Decent rear camera - colors are balanced and fairly accurate - daylight photography is not bad
  • Decent 120-degree wide-angle selfie camera - does a good job when it comes to details
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • The Xperia L2 sports a modern USB Type-C port, which is nice to see on a budget device
  • Good battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Classy metal-slab Sony design
  • Good fingerprint scanner
  • Decent display with excellent numbers for brightness and contrast
  • Vanilla Android UI with the most subtle of Sony customizations will please purists, and keeps things nice and simple
  • Good performance, backed by the Helio P20 (comparable to other mid-range chipsets - Exynos 7870, Snapdragon 625 or Kirin 658)
  • Decent 23MP rear camera - delivers reasonable detail, pleasing colors and wide dynamic range
  • The 8MP front-facing shooter is decent too - it captures nicely detailed selfies with decent dynamic range and true to life skin tones
  • Good single loudspeaker - pumps out more than enough decibels
  • Great battery life - one of the best in this price bracket - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The design is nice, but the thick bezels are a little old-school for 2018
  • The screen's brightness, and sunlight legibility could have been better
  • No fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Xperia L2 is a decent phone in isolation, but it faces tough competition from the likes of the Motorola Moto G5S Plus which has a metal body, a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip under the hood, and even slightly battery life
  • The display is decent but sunlight legibility and color rendition could have been better
  • Video recording performance of the camera is not the best - detail is on the low side, and there is no support for 4K videos
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