Recently there were rumors all around the web that Sony is thinking retreat from the mobile phone business. But the brand has become active more than ever now, which suggests that the fall of this brand will not be like that of Nokia.
However, it is true that this company is suffering from serious loss in the smartphone industry. In an effort to give a push to its business, Sony has launched some rally great phone this year and one of which is the Xperia C4 Dual. Being available at 23,990 rupees and packed with some flagship level specs, a lot of smartphone enthusiasts are being curious about this phone. So, will the Xperia C4 Dual change the market statistics for Sony? Let’s find out.
In The Box
- Wall adapter
- USB cable
- User manual, warranty card and some other documents
Build and Design
The Sony Xperia C4 Dual comes with a really attractive form factor. Both its edges and sides are curved because of which holding this phone in a single hand becomes much more comfortable. The phone features a uni-body design and its back panel is not removable. All the slots are located under a wide flap on the right side. Materials used in the body are of premium quality and do give a tough feeling. However, the front panel will be a little annoying to some as the absence of touch capacitive button strikes down the harmony.
The display quality of this amazing smartphone is just indescribable in words. Pixel density of 401 ppi makes everything razor sharp. The display is huge, but is also immersive at the same time. Vivid colors and great viewing angles will take your experience to the next level for sure. The phone is powered by Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, which enhances both contrast ratio and picture quality.
Sony is known for highly customizing Android, but on this phone the brand has restricted itself from changing the default feel of Android. However, you will find some modifications, but more or less the experience will remain stock. Some enhancements like the one-handed mode and ability to change the notification bar toggles do add to user friendliness.
I personally do not recommend buying a high priced phone with MediaTek chipset and the reason is low-level of performance. Even though this phone houses a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, its performance is not that great. While performing intensive tasks the phone becomes hot and many times it gets uncomfortable to hold this device in hand. Out of 2GB of RAM, the free memory will never go beyond 700 MB at any point of the day, which is a big disappointment for me. The only good thing in this section is that the app data can be moved to external storage.
The Sony Xperia C4 Dual handles light graphics pretty easily and without any issue. While I was playing Asphalt 8 and Temple Run 8, graphics were rendered properly even at high settings. However, when it comes to real hardcore games like Modern Combat 5 and NOVA 3, this phone is a downer. After becoming uncomfortably hot, the phone hangs and restarts itself.
I think the main problem of the low performance of this phone is its heating issue because in benchmarking tests it gets really high scores. Neenamakr2 returns a decent score of 57.2 fps and in AnTuTU the phone was able to make it to a jaw-dropping 46047.
In no question, Sony has put the best possible camera optics on the Xperia C4 Dual. Its 13 MP rear shooter is equipped with Sony’s own Exmor-R sensor. You will get some stunning low light images on this phone. I was amazed to see the details that shots taken from this phone packed even when the subject was not well lit. There is also a soft-flash along with the front 5MP camera that radiates low intensity light to capture bright selfies without making you blind for the moment. The camera interface is loaded with a bunch of extra features. You can also have better control of all the parameters by going into the Manual Mode.
Connectivity and Sensors
As the name suggests, it is a dual SIM phone. The great thing is that both SIM slots of this phone support 4G networks. Quality of call that I made was great and without any issues. The C4 Dual comes with some modern connectivity features like NFC, DLNA and USB OTG. Moreover, this phone also features most of the needed sensors.
The huge 2600 mAh non-removable battery of the Xperia C4 Dual will surely give you more than one day of power backup.
- Vibrant display
- Great battery backup
- 2 GB of RAM
- Powerful rear camera
- Soft-flash equipped front shooter
- 4G support
- Excellent design
- Heats too much
After going through all the specs in detail, it looks like this phone is good as a daily driver, but not at this price. It does feature some eye-catching specs, but low performance will stop a great number of gaming lovers from buying this phone.
|OS||Android Lollipop v5.0|
|SIM||Dual, GSM, 4G/3G+4G/2G|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.7 GHz, MediaTek MT6752, Mali-T760 MP2|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 128GB SD card Support, USB OTG|
|Screen||5.5 inches, FHD, 1080 x 1980 Pixels, IPS LCD, 401 PPI, Scratch-resistant glass|
|Camera||13MP[P] Auto Focus, 5MP[F] – Wide Angle Lens, Exmor-R CMOS Image, LED Flash, ZOOM, 1080P [email protected] FPS, Exmor-R CMOS Sensor|
|Battery||2600 mAh, Li-ion, 9 Hours Talk-Time 3G, 29 Days Standby 3G, Non-Removable|
|Connectivity||BT 4.0, USB 2.0, FM, 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, GPS (A-GPS), Glonass, OTG, DLNA, NFC, OTA Sync|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Light, Compass, Proximity|
|Body||147 gram [W], 7.9 mm [Th]|