It’s that time of the year again where all the heavy hitters start announcing their latest range of smartphones and even though Mobile World Congress was cancelled this year, the announcements are still coming thick and fast. Today Sony announced the new Xperia L4, adding another layer to their entry level porfolio to whet our whistle while we wait on the show stopping Xperia 2 announcement. The new XperiaL4 is set to bring the 21:9 viewing and capturing experiences in a sleek design not unlike last years model.

Go Wide!

The Xperia L4 is long (or wide for tv viewing) and to be fair it looks slick for the price point. New for Sony’s L series, Xperia L4 benefits from a sleek 6.2” 21:9 Wide display that delivers a slender style and fits perfectly in your hand. The 21:9 ratio allows you to see more at once and scroll less, plus together with Sony’s multi-window UI you can launch and enjoy using two apps simultaneously in easy-viewing sizes for both windows. We are also going to see the Side Sense function again and when it works properly it provides very easy access to your favourite apps, hopefully this year they have worked out the kinks.

Photo magic on a budget

The Sony Xperia L4 is going to be the first ever L series phone to feature the now standard triple camera! This budget buster is going to house a 13MP main lens, 5MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP depth camera, so you can channel your inner creativity and capture high quality, artistic photos and benefits from the bokeh effect.

You can also switch between to angles wide and ultra-wide, offering you the option to capture beautiful landscapes, as well as effortless portraits and everything-in-between.

Camera creativity is also enhanced by the 21:9 display, allowing you to capture videos and images in the dramatic 21:9 aspect ratio.

BIG Battery

Last year the Xperia L3 was rocking a 3,300mAh battery and again this year we are getting an upgrade. For phones in the below €200 price range having a battery of that power is something to shout about. So you better believe it that Sony are well chuffed with themselves as the Xperia L4 is going to be running a high-capacity 3,580mAh battery with fast charging will easily see you through a busy day, so you can do more of what you love.

Sony’s Xperia Adaptive Charging is also in play which monitors your phone as it charges, ensuring that the battery isn’t overworked and stays healthy for longer.

When’s it coming?

The Xperia L4 is due out this spring, probably late March early April and it going to be available in Black and Blue. Right now we have no idea what networks are going to carry it or what the price will be but if history is anything to go buy expect the L4 to hit the stores under €200 and most likely available in Eir and Vodafone as well as standard online retailers like Littlewoods and the usual Amazon. We should be getting our hands on one soon, so check back before the release for a more detailed review.

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