Features Key features of the Xperia L  vs A116 Canvas HD 

screen size

The screen size is great to hold, and to look at, but it gets a little tiresome when you want to read many articles.
Xperia L | by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)

screen resolution

Xperia L
854 x 480
A116 Canvas HD
1280 x 720
The Sony Xperia L display retains the same resolution as the one on the Xperia U, but since its diagonal has grown by nearly an inch, the pixel density has dropped to just 228 ppi.
Xperia L | by GSM Arena (Mar, 2013)

memory

processor

Xperia L
Dual core
A116 Canvas HD
Quad core
It packs a 720p screen and faster dual-core Krait processor, but is larger than the Xperia L despite not offering a bigger screen.
Xperia L | by GSM Arena (Jun, 2013)

camera resolution

The Sony Xperia L is equipped with an 8 megapixel camera that can produce still shots with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels.
Xperia L | by GSM Arena (Jun, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia L

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia L

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Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Longer standby time 29,952 min vs 10,368 min Around 3x longer standby time
Front view of Micromax A116 Canvas HD

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More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.3" More than 15% bigger screen
Higher resolution 1280 x 720 vs 854 x 480 Around 2.2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 293 ppi vs 227 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Faster processor 1.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,000 mA·h vs 1,750 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia L  vs
A116 Canvas HD 
Size 4.3" 5"
Resolution 854 x 480 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 227 ppi 293 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ Unknown 1280 x 720 @ Unknown

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 510 min 300 min
Standby time 29,952 min 10,368 min
Capacity 1,750 mA·h 2,000 mA·h

hardware

Xperia L  vs
A116 Canvas HD 
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Quad core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats
SDHC
SD

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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