Sony Xperia C4 Dual Review: Flashy Performer: Performance

By 04:49 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


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A midrange phone arrived at the office without a Snapdragon 615 inside, for a change. The Sony Xperia C4 is powered by the Mediatek MT6752 SoC, which also relies on the same Cortex-A53 Central Processing Units (CPU) cores as in the S615, only in this case all 8 of them can simultaneously be clocked as high as 1.7GHz, should the need for top performance arise.

The octa-core processor is coupled with a Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM, which should be serious improvements over the Adreno 305 and single gig inside the Xperia C3.




The battery of tests starts as usual with Geekbench 3.0, which measures RAW Central Processing Units (CPU) performance. Mediatek's True octa-core concept shines here and the C4 posts a beastly score, unmatched among its rivals in the midrange. Even the Acer Liquid Jade S, which packs the same chipset, is not on par with the Sony offering. Year-recent major flagships Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and Sony Xperia Z2 are nowhere near that standard.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    4242

  • Meizu m1 note

    3988

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    3557

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    3386

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3120

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    2922

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    2880

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    2856

  • Oppo N3

    2704

  • OnePlus One

    2663

  • HTC Desire 820

    2586

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    2451

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2375

  • LG G3

    2370

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2336

  • vivo X5Max

    2291

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    2172

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1468

The popular Antutu benchimprint has become an industry standard for overall performance, and it evaluates CPU, graphics, memory and storage, the lot. Another remarkable performance here, the Xperia C4 smokes the S615 bunch, which hovers around the high 20,000s to low 30,000s, with only the Xiaomi Mi 4i somewhat higher. The Xperia C4 is on par with the S801-equipped Galaxy S5, but is bested by the highest specced Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML with an Intel Atom Z3580 inside.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    48489

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    48361

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    46307

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    45348

  • LG G3

    42038

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    39637

  • Oppo N3

    39245

  • Meizu m1 note

    39224

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    34491

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    32217

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    31436

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    29907

  • vivo X5Max

    29630

  • HTC Desire 820

    27070

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    21562

The Xperia C4 fails to dominate in Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0, though it still scores higher than its S615 rivals, the Galaxy A7 being over 100 points behind.

Single core-performance is led by the Snapdragon 801s, though they rely on an entirely different quad-core architecture and thus obviously pack more punch per core. The Xperia C4 is then ahead of the S615s, with the only exception of the Xiaomi Mi 4i, which beats it by a hair.

Unsurprisingly the Xperia C4 leads the way in the multi-core test, with S615 devices a mile behind.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Oppo N3

    1241

  • OnePlus One

    1230

  • LG G3

    1189

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    1160

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    939

  • Meizu m1 note

    880

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    863

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    858

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    813

  • HTC Desire 820

    728

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    725

  • vivo X5Max

    656

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    580

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    296

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    5557

  • LG G3

    5396

  • Oppo N3

    5341

  • OnePlus One

    5108

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    3118

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    3008

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2900

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2628

  • Meizu m1 note

    2617

  • vivo X5Max

    2580

  • HTC Desire 820

    2546

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    2480

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    2438

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1818

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    24035

  • OnePlus One

    19625

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    19237

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    18968

  • Oppo N3

    16774

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    16640

  • LG G3

    16485

  • Meizu m1 note

    14565

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    13521

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13167

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    12080

  • HTC Desire 820

    10275

  • vivo X5Max

    8327

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    7551

Graphics performance is less exciting but mostly adequate. The results are not what they initially appear though, as the top spots are occupied mostly by the 2014 flagships, which benefit from their superior GPUs. And then if the C4 is bested by S615 device, it's in the onclassy screen routines where the Xperia M4 Aqua, Acer Liquid Jade S and HTC Desire 820 are favored by their lower 720p resolution.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    30

  • OnePlus One

    28.3

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    27.2

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    27

  • LG G3

    26

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    26

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    15

  • Meizu m1 note

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • vivo X5Max

    15

  • HTC Desire 820

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    15

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    14.9

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    14.2

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    14

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    5.3

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    30

  • OnePlus One

    30

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    28.7

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    28

  • HTC Desire 820

    26

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    25.8

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    25

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    22

  • LG G3

    20

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    17

  • Meizu m1 note

    16

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    15.1

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    14

  • vivo X5Max

    14

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    9.6

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    13

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    13

  • OnePlus One

    12.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    12

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    11.7

  • LG G3

    11

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    6

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5.84

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.8

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    5.8

  • vivo X5Max

    5.7

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    5.7

  • HTC Desire 820

    5.7

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    4.9

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.7

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1.8

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus One

    12.9

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    12.2

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    12.2

  • HTC Desire 820

    12

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    12

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    12

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    10

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    7.8

  • LG G3

    7.7

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    6.4

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    6

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    5.8

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.7

  • vivo X5Max

    5.7

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    4.7

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    3.9

Moving on to browser benchmarks, things don't see all that well for the Xperia C4. Even though it's running nothing but Chrome, thus supposedly avoiding blunders by the manufacturer's software engineers, the C4 is consistently trailing, both in the JavaScript-focused Kraken 1.1 and the broader BrowserMark 2.1.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    5057

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    5968

  • Oppo N3

    6460

  • OnePlus One

    7008

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    7041

  • LG G3

    7632

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    10193

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    11410

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    11439

  • vivo X5Max

    11967

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    12266

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    13462

  • HTC Desire 820

    13568

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    13609

  • Meizu m1 note

    15055

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    15815

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    18124

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    2066

  • Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML (Z3580) retail

    1853

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    1655

  • LG G3

    1453

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    1396

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    1344

  • Alcatel Idol 3 (5.5)

    1343

  • OnePlus One

    1339

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1224

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    1175

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    1171

  • HTC Desire 820

    991

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    793

  • Oppo N3

    730

  • vivo X5Max

    607

  • Meizu m1 note

    536

All in all, the Sony Xperia C4 proves to be a capable performer, with strong results in processor benchmarks and above average graphics for its class. It does have its weak spot, and that's browser performance, though.


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