Sony Xperia C Review: Cash And Carry

By 04:52 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


Introduction

The China-bound Sony Xperia C could be the correct opportunity to smuggle some big-screened, quad-core goodness into markets where those things usually fetch a high price. It's certainly the correct size too. Five-inchers don't necessarily have to come with high-discontinue price tags. There's demand for affordable options too, which the Xperia C isn't the first to address. Sony has obviously been watching the Samsung Galaxy Grand, while HTC and LG aren't indifferent either.

So, the Sony Xperia C has dual-SIM support, which is almost a must-have in the markets Sony's interested in, a massive 5-inch display and a quad-core processor. So far, so good.





Sony Xperia C official pictures

It is the company's first smartphone powered by a MediaTek chipset. Sony has so far always opted for either Snapdragons or (when the company still existed) ST Ericsson but, with China being the primary taracquire market, it had small choice really. The latest MediaTek chips support both dual-SIM and quad-core processors, and they are light on the wallet too.

Affordability is, of course, an vital reason, considering Asian markets are teeming with sub-$200 quad-core droids and competition is fierce. The likes of Lenovo, Micromax, Xolo, and many more, are ready to offer a gigantic enough classy screen and decent feature set on a bargain.

What this means is the Sony Xperia C should be preparing for a full-scale war. Let's check the ammo:

Key features

  • Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSPA support
  • Dual SIM, dual stand-by support
  • 42.2 Mbps HSDPA and 11.5 Mbps HSUPA
  • 5.0" 16M-color TFT capacitive touchclassy screen of qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels) at 220ppi
  • Android Operating System (OS) v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Quad-core 1.2 Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A7 CPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, MTK MT6589 chipset
  • 1 Giga Bytes (GB) of RAM
  • 4 Giga Bytes (GB) of built-in storage (2 Giga Bytes (GB) user available)
  • microSD slot (cards up to 32GB supported)
  • 8 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus camera, single Light Emitting Diode (LED) flashlight, geo-tagging, touch focus, HDR, hardware shutter key; Video Graphics Array (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 1080p @ 30fps video capture
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack; Walkman music player with many audio enhancements
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging)
  • Built-in Light Emitting Diode (LED) strip provides a breathing light and notification light
  • 2,390mAh Li-Ion battery, non-replaceable

Main disadvantages

  • Low pixel-per-inch ratio
  • No Mobile BRAVIA engine
  • No scratch protection for the screen, Gorilla Glass or otherwise
  • Limited internal storage for installing apps

The Xperia C obviously didn't remain confined within Asian boundaries as various European retailers are already shipping it at very attractive prices. It sure isn't the fastest or the most feature-rich of phones, but it sounds like a remarkable bang for your hard-earned buck. Will that be enough to probably forgive the lower resolution classy screen and the other potential deal breakers?





Sony Xperia C live pictures

We will find out soon enough. Jump over to the next page to see what's in the Xperia C's retail box and what the smartphone is really made of.


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