Sony has just taken the covers off the Xperia C4, the successor to the selfie-centric Sony Xperia C3. This mid-range device has a 5.5-inch full-HD display and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a 25mm wide-angle lens, which is the highlight of the package. There is a 13-megapixel camera at the rear, along with autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording.
It boots Android 5.0 Lollipop and features a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. There's a microSD card slot which allows users to expand the storage space. It is a dual-SIM smartphone, which is compatible with 4G LTE networks as well as 3G ones. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, NFC, and a microUSB port.
Sony Xperia C4 Specifications
- 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
- Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with custom Sony UI
- MediaTek MT6752 SoC, 1.7 GHz octa-core CPU, 700 MHz Mali-760MP2 GPU, and 2GB RAM
- 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot (expandable by up to 128GB)
- 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, and LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a soft-LED flash and EXMOR R sensor
- Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, and FM Radio with RDS
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with A-GPS, NFC, Micro-USB port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack
- 2,600 mAh battery
The Sony Xperia C4 will be available in three colours – black, white and mint. There’s no word on pricing as of now, but it has been revealed that it will be available starting June 2015. We expect it to come to India with a price anywhere between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000. However, it needs to be noted that Sony hasn't clarified whether it will be compatible with 4G LTE bands in India, and we believe that the company will specify it during its India-specific launch. We will keep you posted on the matter.
When a company is focussing upon the front-facing camera as its smartphone's biggest feature, we expect it to be equipped with autofocus in this day and age, but that is not true about the Xperia C4. It has a huge bezel above the display and the front-facing camera's resolution isn't that higher when compared to other smartphones in the price range. If its price is anything above Rs. 20,000, it would not be worth consideration. If you care about selfies that much, have a look at the HTC Desire EYE, which comes with a good 13-megapixel front-facing camera with dual-LED dual-tone flash and autofocus. It also features high-end internals (Snapdragon 810 processor and 2GB RAM) and is supposed to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update soon.