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Not everyone is interested in grabbing a high-end smartphone, there are a number of buyers who want to have the mid-range smartphone to fulfill their basic needs. Huawei and Sony kicked off the year with a new mid-range offering for customers looking for a budget-friendly smartphone. So if you are amongst those who are willing to grab a mid-range smartphone in coming days, you certainly will find a number of options in the market including the recently announced Huawei P Smart and Sony Xperia L2.
Both the mid-rangers are technically one of the best options and the good thing is both falls in the same price range. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we put it in comparison with the latest offerings in the same department to know in detail how well it competes against its rivals. The Huawei P Smart and Sony Xperia L2 will certainly challenge each other in the market as they fall in the same niche.
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Today we will compare the P smart against the Xperia L2 to give our readers a pretty good idea about which device amongst the two is better in what aspects. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide your next companion. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.
78 x 150 x 9.8 mm
5.5 inches - 1280x720 px
72.05 x 150.1 x 7.45 mm
5.65 inches - 2160x1080 px
Although both the devices are mid-rangers their design language is significantly different from each other. The Huawei P Smart is featuring an aluminum chassis which looks more modern than the Xperia L2's plastic case. The L2 looks more chunky due to thick bezels slab design. The Huawei P Smart dimensions are 150.1 x 72.05 x 7.45 mm and it weighs 143 grams. The Sony Xperia L2 isn't much different with 150 x 78 x 9.8 mm dimensions but it is slightly heavier at 178g.
The P Smart supports traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C 2.0 port for connectivity and charging. Due to full front-facing display, its fingerprint scanner is shifted to the rear side below the camera modules in the center. The rear side is adorned with dual cameras placed on the top left corner. Thanks to solid metal chassis it doesn't look cheap at all, despite the fact, its upper and lower edges are made up of plastic.
The P Smart comes with an edge-to-edge display with slim edges whereas the Xperia L2 front has wide-edges with thick bezels. It looks the L2 certainly looks dated in front of P Smart. The Xperia L2 fingerprint scanner is also on the rear side below the camera sensor. It sports a single camera sensor on the rear alongside the flashlight. For connectivity, it has USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output. Both the devices lack IP-ratings which is pretty much understandable considering the price segment. This section is lead by Huawei P Smart due to its futuristic looks as opposed to Xperia L2.
The design difference also impacts the display section as well. The Huawei P Smart is featuring a 5.65-inches display with FUll HD+ screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18:9 with a pixels density of 428 pixels-per-inch. Its an IPS LCD panel with the bright screen, better color accuracy, and viewing angles. Unfortunately, it lacks Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
On the other hand, the Xperia L2 sports a 5.5-inches display with HD screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 and the pixels density is significantly lower at 267 pixels-per-inch. It is also an IPS display but the good thing is it is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass in case of accidental drops. Due to lower pixels density, the Xperia L2 display isn't as sharp as Huawei P Smart. Huawei P Smart once again takes lead in this department.
On paper, the Huawei P Smart takes lead due to dual camera setup. The primary snapper is 13MP whereas the secondary snapper is 2MP. The secondary sensor provides depth information for better processing of images. Like most of the dual rear snappers phone, it comes with Bokeh effect feature. The dual sensors feature digital image stabilization, touch and autofocus, single LED flashlight and HDR support. The rear snappers support 4K recording.
The Sony Xperia L2 sports a single sensor of 13MP with f/2.0 aperture. The Xperia L2 primary snapper has digital image stabilization, touch, and autofocus, a single LED and 4K video recording capabilities. On average the picture quality is pretty good on both the devices. The daylight captured images are pretty much on par with each other. The exposure level and White Balance is worth commendable on both the devices. The P Smarts capture more details but its results have artifacts. In low-light conditions, average results are not worth appreciating but the P Smart results are slightly better than Xperia L2 in low-lit scenarios.
If you are blurry images fan, you will surely appreciate the P Smart portrait mode feature which allows you to capture solely the subject by defocusing the background. For selfies and video chats, the front-facing camera on both the devices is 8MP. The overall performance of both Xperia L2 and P Smart is pretty much on a same average level which is obviously not as good as upper mid-range and flagship devices.
The Huawei P Smart is powered up by the Kirin 659 SoC, its an Octa-core chipset with first quad efficient cores clocks at 1.7Ghz whereas the performance cores quad clocking speed is 2.36Ghz. On the other hand, the Xperia L2 is running on a quad-core MediaTek MT6737T chipset whose clocking speed is 1.5Ghz. As expected the MediaTek's chipset performance is nowhere near the Kirin SoC.
In benchmark tests, the Huawei P Smart takes lead over the Xperia L2. Both the devices appeared on Geekbench 4.1, the P Smart achieves 943 points which is equivalent to Moto Z2 Play whereas the Xperia L2 lags behind at 678 scores. Just for the sake of comparison, the OnePlus 5T is on top with whopping 1969 scores. On the 3DMark test, the P Smart scores 12,038 points whereas the Xperia L2 manages to score only 6,654 points.
Both the device has 3GB RAM under the hood which is enough to cater your daily routine tasks. If you are vivid gamers the P Smart is a better option due to more power under the hood. The native storage on both the devices is 32GB and the best thing is both supports memory expansion via MicroSD. The P Smart has hybrid dual SIM slot which means it can be either used for SIM card or memory expansion. Both the devices do support LTE connectivity. The Bluetooth 4.2 is on board for both the devices.
|Specs||Xperia L2||P Smart|
|Screen resolution||720 x 1280 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Chipset||MediaTek MT6737T||Kirin 659|
|Storage||32GB Expandable via MicroSD||32GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android Nougat 7.1.1||Android Oreo|
Despite the fact, its a mid-range Huawei pre-installed with P Smart with the latest Android Oreo 8.0 with December 2017 security patch whereas the Xperia L2 is running on Android Nougat 7.1.1 straight out of the box with November 2017 security patch. The P Smart not only takes lead because of latest OS but also because of clean and slick UI. On the other hand, Xperia L2 was announced alongside with XA2 series smartphones which have Android Oreo. It's quite surprising to see Sony opted older version of Android OS for the latest affordable mid-range smartphone.
The P Smart has a 3,000mAH battery cell which easily lasts one day on a single charge even on normal-heavy usage. The Sony Xperia L2 lights are kept on by a fairly large 3,300mAh battery which is also one day runner on a single charge. The bigger battery with lower screen resolution results in better battery life. Though both have USB-C ports but lacks fast charging.
Those who are unaware the P Smart is actually the global version of Huawei Enjoy 7S. The device will be available for purchase in the European market from February 1st at a price tag of 260 Euros whereas the Xperia L2 is already available in many European countries at 250 Euros.
If your decision is based on the price tag, the P Smart clearly emerges as a better option because of powerful hardware, latest design, and solid camera setup. We have to admit the Sony Xperia L2 looks a bit dated in front of latest mid-rangers like P Smart. It's not easy to claim the Xperia L2 as the latest design because we are seeing the somewhat similar design from last few years with minor changes.
The HD display with pretty average performing MediaTek chip certainly doesn't match with the price tag of 250 Euros. The plastic body doesn't look premium at all instead it looks a chunky smartphone with thick bezels. Sony nailed the last pin in the coffin with the old Android Nougat 7.1.1 as OS.
On the other hand at this price tag, Huawei P Smart is offering stylish 2:1 Full HD display, powerful mid-range chipset with expandable storage. The dual rear snappers with bokeh effect and a well-lasting full day battery. The Xperia L2 last longer on single but that might not attract many buyers to grab the device. The P Smart certainly a better device at this price range.
At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the P Smart vs Xperia L2 in the comments section. Which smartphone amongst Huawei P Smart vs Xperia L2 would you like to have as your next daily driver? Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.