Gone are the days when you had to reverse your phone to click a selfie in high resolution. Companies are looking forward to ways to get the best camera framework which will deliver best shots. With a similar aim, is the smartphone manufacturing giant, Sony Corporation’s Xperia C4 Dual. Targeting to set a benchmark in the revolutionizing world of selfies, lies an amazing front camera complimenting not-so-top-notch specifications. Sony has addressed common issues these days, which revolves around low quality of pictures taken with the front camera and problems under low-light conditions.
Having used the Sony Xperia C4 Dual smartphone for a good amount of time, I can claim that the experience can be life changing for many selfie enthusiasts out there. It’s not just about the impressive performance of the front camera, but there’s a lot more to it. To understand and know more about the Xperia C4 Dual, let’s dive into our in-depth review which follows.
What’s in the Box
Upon unboxing the contents, I was surprised to see cluttered accessories in the box. We’ve always seen accessories in a series of organized trays, but for the Xperia C4 Dual I found everything just dumped into the box. But that, in no way, does it prevent you from purchasing the phone. The box comes with all the usual accessories which we’ve been seeing – a travel charger, earphones, micro-USB cable, plenty of reading material and the device itself.
Please Note: This is not the retail version. The retail version of the device might differ.
It’s a love at first sight! Had I to arrange smartphones in terms of ergonomics, it would definitely take up a spot in the first tier. With a screen to body ratio of over 70%, this smartphone feels amazing in hand. Measuring about 6 inches, diagonally (the device, not the screen) the Xperia C4 weighs just 147 grams (with the battery) and is about 7.9mm thick.
On the back, the Xperia C4 comes with a non removable matte cover, which houses the 2600mAh battery. The phone might not give you the premium look that you might be expecting at this price, but you’ll be amazed to see how comfortable the device gets once you hold it in your hands. With extremely soft material on the edges and a matte cover on the back the phone becomes a delight to hold and will definitely reduce the chances of it slipping from your hands.
With a screen size of 5.5-inches, you’ll be surprised to know that all the buttons around the phone are easy to access. The volume rocker, power button, camera button, SIM slots and the microSD card slots can be located on the right edge of the device, whereas the charging port and the 3.5mm audio jack lies on the left and the top edge respectively. On the front side, you’ll find the front 5MP shooter with a flash, earpiece, sensors and the LED for notifications.
Just like every other full HD IPS LCD display, the Xperia C4 comes with a sharp and crisp display. The colours are vibrant and perfectly blended into the 5.5-inch display. The phone’s screen offer a variety of brightness levels, the highest one being good enough for legible reading under the sunlight. The viewing angles on the Xperia C4 are taken care of, brilliantly.
The Sony Xperia C4 offers two types of image enhancement, Mobile Bravia Engine 2 (which enhances image and video quality) and the Super Vivid Mode (which maximises colours while viewing photos and videos, which gives you a surreal and vibrant display). In addition, the smartphone comes with a Glove mode and Adaptive Brightness, which works pretty well. What proves to be an icing to the cake is the Smart backlight control. With Smart backlight control on, the smartphone will stay awake as long as you’re looking at the screen. The moment you place it away from your eye sight, the phone display will turn off after its usual sleep time. This feature proved to be really handy while browsing though multimedia content, where looking at images made the screen to remain on.
The Sony Xperia C4 Dual packs a pretty exceptional front camera, but lacks the rear one (as one would be expecting an exceptional camera after paying a massive amount of Rs. 25,000). The images from the front camera came out to be pretty well, and the colours seemed to be quite accurate. Whereas, the images clicked with the rear camera lacked true colour and had more of a white tinch to them. As images speak louder than words, so have a look at the image samples before we get started with discussing the camera features on the Xperia C4.
The Sony Xperia C4 Dual sports a lot of innovative camera filters and modes, the most useful ones are as follows:
I love talking about the performance of the smartphones these days, since this is the only place I can test how ‘hot’ (if you know what I mean) a smartphone is. The Xperia C4 Dual comes with a Mediatek 6752 chipset, which contains octa-core Cortex A-53, clocked at 1.7GHz & Mali T760MP2 GPU and 2GB RAM. This is exactly the same chipset we noticed in the Gionee Elife S7. The phone’s performance was undoubtedly great and I can say that it performs much better than the phones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset. We benchmarked the Xperia C4 and following were the results:
|Nenamark 2||57.7 fps|
The performance was lag-free, as you expect it to be and the multi-tasking created no issues. However, the phone does heat up after gaming or using heavy applications for a good amount of time. Which smartphone does not heat up these days? Considering the smartphones in the similar segment, Xperia C4 heats up way too little and it outperforms every other phone. The plastic body definitely proves to be helpful in heating cases. The phone comes 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded upto 128GB through a microSD card.
Operating System and Features
User Interface is one thing that Sony needs to work upon. They’ve been using the similar Xperia UI from a long time now, and this is something which users have started caring about, lately. The Xperia UI on the Xperia C4 is built on the Android Lollipop 5.0 and packs a decent amount of features. The Android Lollipop features such as the guest user option, has been executed pretty well on this smartphone. The User Interface runs smoothly, and we didn’t notice any lag before we started to multi-task with Asphalt 8 along with Camera application.
From the various little features on the phone, the most helpful one which I found was the One-handed operation. Being a smartphone with a large 5.5-inch display, operating the phone becomes a difficult task at time. So to encounter this issue, Sony built an application that will align elements like keyboard, lockscreen, dialpad toward right making it easy to use.
To juice up the performance and features of the Sony Xperia C4 Dual, there lies a non removable 2600mAh Li-Ion battery. There are no power saving cores on this device, so the backup is limited to about a day of usage (with either WiFi or 3G always on). We recently tested the device with 4G services, and found out that the power back was reduced by about an hour, as compared to 3G. On a working day, the phone was able to last for 9 hours, which is pretty good for a smartphone with a full HD 5.5-inch screen. You can refer to the tabulated data to know more about the backup.
|Cellular Call||25 minutes||4%|
|Streaming YouTube videos on WiFi at 1080p||20 minutes||5%|
|Gaming (Real Racing 3)||10 minutes||8%|
|Browsing the web||15 minutes||3%|
The phone does an amazing job for what it is built for, and undoubtedly looks like a pretty much overall performer. But, I feel the phone is a little over priced, with a price tag of Rs. 29,490 at the time of launch. However, if you’re able to get this device at anywhere close to Rs. 21,000 I’d highly recommend you to go for it. Check out the latest prices along with the buying options below.
Sony Xperia C4 DualRs .29,490
- Excellent Design, with a screen to body ratio of 71%
- Stunning 5.5-inch full HD display
- The front camera comes with a LED Flash
- Average rear camera performance
- UI feels old and lacks the charm
- The phone looks a little overpriced, at Rs. 25,000 (launch price)