Sony doesn’t often stray away from Qualcomm for their chips, but when they do, they normally go for Mediatek SOCs. The latest Sony handset to sport one is the Sony Xperia C4. It experienced a fairly wide launch in Asia and a much smaller one in Europe. It has finally come to the U.K. through a number of retailers and resellers for £174.99.
The decently specced budget phablet feaures Sony’s classic Omnibalance design as made famous by the Xperia Z line, with a few tweaks. A 1080×1920 IPS LCD panel graces the front, with a size of 5.5 inches. A 13-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera is in tow, accompanied by a more-than-adequate 5-megapixel PROselfie cam with a flash. A Mediatek MT6752 octa-core processor with 64-bit onboard ensures fairly snappy performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop, but this is certainly no flagship. It’s paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card slot and a 2,600mAh battery. Aside from the selfie cam and the Mediatek processor, which is not often seen on this side of the pond, the specs are fairly par-for-the-course with mid-rangers, albeit at a fairly decent price compared to current contenders like the HTC One A9. The 1080p screen instead of a 720p panel, at this size, keeps the Xperia C4 roughly on par with others in its class. The plastic body, which cannot be molded and used as an explosive despite the phablet’s name, is far from luxurious but is certainly just as nice as other plastic Androids in the mid-market, like the 2015 Moto E. The fairly nice design features the Sony staples you’ve come to expect like thin bezels and a round power button, coming complete with water and dust resistance despite the lack of an official IP rating. Aside from the plastic body and bargain-bin price, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this one for a member of the flagship Xperia Z family.
The newest budget entry from Sony is already available in the U.S. via Amazon and of course, through most of Asia. If you’ve been wanting an Xperia but aren’t willing to splash out on a flagship for whatever reason, this is definitely a phone to look to.