Sony decides to dig a little more the furrow of the Phablets of its range with the Xperia C4.  Here we talk about the Sony Xperia C4 “Dual”, i.e. double-SIM. It is a smartphone that appears rather in the top of the mid-range basket and that significantly improves the features of the last C3.

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It has a technical sheet accordingly:

  • A 5.5 “full HD (1920 x 1080p) display
  • A MediaTek MT6752 mobile chip (SoC)
  • A Mali-T760MP2 graphics chip
  • A 2 GB of RAM
  • A 13-megapixel photo sensor, 5 Mpx
  • 16 GB internal storage (+ microSD).
  • Compatibility with 4G (LTE Cat 4) and NFC.
  • Connectivity (Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS A-GPS)
  • The set fits in dimensions of 150.3 x 77.4 x 7.9 mm (147 g)
  • Runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

A decent design

The Sony Xperia C4 seems to have everything to please in design. Despite its statute of the phablet, it has dimensions rather compact, thanks to its screen which displays a good occupancy rate of 72% of the front panel.

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To begin with, the smooth plastic on the back provides a rather unpleasant feeling of touch. We thought this would change over time, but even after a full week of daily manipulation of the device, the sensation remained.

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Sony has unintentionally – hopefully – succeeded a real feat with this C4: make it look thicker and heavier than it really is. Moreover, at 147 g on the balance, the weight is also reasonable for this category of product. Finally, the fault is not to be sought on the thickness side either, since it is only 7.9 mm.

A definite screen

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On the paper, the 5.5 “LCD is definitely the first selling point of this smartphone, and in addition to being spacious, it also displays a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 px. It has a very good density of 400 pixels per inch, gives a very fine display, and allows you to enjoy all types of content, from web browsing to video games, video Books.

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There is certainly a slight drift towards the blue with a temperature of 7133 kelvins and a delta E correct measured at 4.4.

Interface And Navigation

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It has the good taste to be essentially a slight graphic redesign of Android, here present in its version 5.0 Lollipop. The operating mode remains the same, with home screens, a notifications area, a menu of applications, and so on. It still brings the “Micro-apps”.

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Recall that these are small-format applications that are accessible from the multitasking manager and are displayed in floating windows that can be resized by the user. It includes the Web browser, calendar, Gmail, calculator, etc.

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Under the hood is a MediaTek MT6752 (SoC) chip, flanked by a Mali-T760MP2 graphics chip and 2 GB of RAM. Good news, the Xperia C4 is just as reactive as the latter. It provides a smooth and enjoyable day-to-day navigation experience.

Striking Multimedia

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With its large screen well defined, the Xperia C4 obviously a very good companion to play videos in a mobility situation. The native video player will suffice for many users, as it is compatible with most popular formats of the moment. The subtitles are also pretty well managed.

Brilliant Video

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In terms of video games, the Mali-T760MP2 graphics chip (GPU) may not be the most powerful yet, but it is clearly getting along with the honors on this price segment. Its performance surprisingly surprised us because this chip has been able to run virtually all 3D games on Google Play without flinching.

Games

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Finally, let’s finish this overview of the multimedia functions with the sound of the device. The Xperia C4 has a good jack output, sufficient power and distortion almost absent. The dynamics also remain above average.

Stunning photos

Sony has focused much of its communication on this product around the photo function, not hesitating to present its C4 as a true “Selfie-phone”.

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In practice, the Japanese manufacturer has equipped its smartphone with a 13 Mpx back-up sensor capable of filming in Full HD 1080p, and another front of 5 Mpx, which films in HD 720p.

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On the other hand, the front-end camera is slightly lighter compared to other smartphones that do not display the same look and feel but still, benefit from more advanced front-end sensors. The one of the Xperia C4 stands out, however, with the presence of a LED flash in front as well.

Battery life

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With 2600 mAh battery, the Xperia C4 records a quite suitable score. The C4 is a smartphone that is best recharged every day to avoid unpleasant surprises, but that will not crash you before the end of the day.

Conclusion

The Sony Xperia C4 is very classical when it comes time to approach its phone functions. It still offers a dual-SIM (Dual Standby) function. It also has the good taste of not requiring the user to choose between a second SIM card and the microSD card since there are slots provided for all these beautiful people.

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The audio quality in conversation is quite suitable, the caller and the caller can be heard clearly and audibly, even in a rather noisy environment. Finally, the GPS fix is not the fastest.