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Sony Xperia C4 - A Multirole Master

Sony Xperia C4 - A Multirole Master
There is simply no denying it, as a society we love to take selfies and smartphone manufacturers aren't holding out on the opportunity to sell us a related product. As such, we have seen a plethora of selfie focused smartphones, the latest being Sony Xperia. A quick glimpse at C4's spec sheet reveals that it oozes with potential so let’s dig deep and find out whether it's any good!

Sony Xperia C4

On the outside, Xperia C4 looks like any other mid-range smartphone out there. Some of you will think it's bland and boring, however we are very much into this discrete look. There are times when comfort needs to take priority over good looks and this is one of them. Having dimensions of 150.3 x 77.4 x 7.9 mm and weighing in at 147 grams, Xperia C4 verges on being classified as a phablet and for something that large comfort plays a huge role. You want it to nestle in your hand like a tiny bird that has just hatched from an egg and with a soft matte finish, C4 feels just like that. Despite being large, the matte finish also aids the grip making it less likely that you will drop it. Buttons are easy to reach and have excellent tactile response.
 
Sony Xperia C4
 
Located on the front is a true gem in the form of a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen squeezing out a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 401ppi density. Packed with the latest tech from Sony such as Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, it demonstrates that mid-range phones have come a long way. Thanks to Full HD, details are incredibly sharp and thanks to BRAVIA Engine, colours are so vivid you’ll have to pinch yourself to believe it.
 
Sony Xperia C4

At the heart of every great smartphone is capable hardware so Sony decided to fit an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 CPU running at 1.7 GHz. Helping it tackle daily challenges are Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon tends to steal the spotlight on most days, but that doesn’t make MediaTek’s CPU any worse. Being around for quite some time now, MediaTek has a proven track record and an almost unmatched value for money. Manufacturers seeking extraordinary performance on a budget almost always use their components. On the software side, Android 5.0 Lollipop has been overlaid with Sony’s custom user interface. Changes are minimal as Sony decided to keep the experience as stock as possible. There are still some tweaks, all very useful with no negative impact on performance. Xperia C4 is undeniably good at everything you throw at it and combined with that wonderful screen, entertainment is taken a step further. Bearing in mind that a lot of videos are going to be watched on this phone, it’s worth knowing that internal memory comes in at 16GB and is further expandable via a microSD card.
 
Sony Xperia C4

The focal point of this device was the front camera so we made sure to thoroughly test it out alongside the main 13-megapixel sensor. Packing a feature called PROselfie, Xperia C4 has all the ingredients for creating sharp photos with tons of colour even in low light conditions. Sony’s superior auto mode goes a step further by tweaking all the setting for a perfect shot every time. The main sensor works equally well, producing balanced and detail rich photos in most conditions.

Sony’s C series was aimed at taking selfies, nevertheless it has evolved into much more than that. By revisiting each and every component, Sony has created a smartphone that feels much more balanced and versatile. Instead of being excellent in only one area, you now get a smartphone that comes close to a modern flagship and costs significantly less. Those looking for something with a big screen and stellar performance won’t be disappointed!
 


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