Sony Xperia M & Xperia L – What’s the difference?
In this comparison we’ll be taking a look at the differences between these two budget Xperia handsets.
Naturally both handsets are aimed towards the low end user – but both the Xperia M & L possess some notable features. With many Xperia siblings available on the market in can get all too confusing when trying to decide between devices, so the aim of this post is to help you work out which handset is best suited to your needs and of course what the main differences are between these two Xperia handsets.
Main differences at a glance:
- Screen Size – The M has a 4-inch display whereas the L is slightly bigger at 4.3-inches
- Camera – The L has an 8MP camera compared to that of the M at just 5MP
- Internal Storage - The M has 4GB less memory out of the box
- Weight – The M is over 20g lighter than the L
Both the M & L are powered by 1Ghz Dual Core processors. The M uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, whilst the L has the slightly better system chip with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230. Although the chip in the L can be clocked up to 1.2GHz, Sony have dropped this so the actual performance of the two devices is hardly noticeable.
Both handsets have the exact same graphics processor with Adreno 305 installed along with 1GB of RAM.
This however is not the end of the world as both the M & L have MicroSD card slots giving you the option to expand the memory up to 32GB.
Whilst it’s advertised as having 4GB, the M only gives you 2GB of user-accessible storage, meaning that you’d have to keep your app use to a minimum especially as apps cannot be moved across to the SD card anymore – definitely a point to consider if you are a heavy app user.
Another key point to consider is the screen size. The M is considered to have an extremely small screen for a smartphone on today’s market, one of the smallest available in fact at just 4-inches.
The L comes in at a slightly more respectable size of 4.3-inches. Generally the quality of both displays doesn’t give you much to shout about but you wouldn’t expect anything too extravagant when taking the price point into consideration.
The Xperia M features a 5MP camera (2592×1944 pixels) with autofocus and LED flash, whereas the Xperia L features an 8MP Camera (3264×2448 pixels) with autofocus and LED flash amongst some other added features that include: Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, face/smile detection, HDR for both video and film, sweep panorama mode.
However, in our testing with samples photos the results were quite surprising.
If you take a look at the images below you’ll find that the Xperia M images appear to be somewhat superior . The colours are richer and I’d go as far to say that the M picks up more detail, which is odd when you take both camera specs into account.
Sony Xperia M sample images:
Sony Xperia L sample images:
Both handsets come with a Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery which provides enough power for a full day’s use.
The smaller screen size on the Xperia M means that it offers slightly better battery life but in all practicality this only translates into a couple of extra hours.
The Xperia L is slightly taller and bulkier than the M and weighs approximately 22g more.
This isn’t a huge difference but when side by side the M definitely looks lighter with the L looking slightly more robust as a handset on the whole.
The Xperia M is listed @ £163.00 (£195.00 inc. VAT) and the Xperia L is slightly higher at £190.00 (£228.00 inc. VAT).
Choosing between these two Xperia handsets wouldn’t be the easiest decision seeing as they are so similar. Surprisingly the Xperia M came out on top in terms of camera functionality but then for the small difference of £27 you can opt for the Xperia L that has twice the storage and a larger screen.
The Xperia M is cheaper and daintier which may appeal to somebody who isn’t a heavy user and would like something small to slip into a bag or pocket for that matter, not forgetting the camera which is great value for money.
Whatever choice you make you’ll be sure that a bargain is in the offing – at similar price points the Xperia M & L offer some pleasant features for an extremely competitive price.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE XPERIA M HERE
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE XPERIA L HERE
Click the image below to see a full spec comparison between the L & the M.