Friday, July 26, 2013

Sony Xperia C: Is It a Viable Contender in the Low-Budget Phone Market?

The Sony Xperia C is projected to be a low- to mid-priced phone. It has decent specs, but they could be better, which is to be expected of phones in this market. That being said, the average user may appreciate this phone, as it’s one of the best budget-friendly devices out there.

Appealing Design

One thing that it does have going for it is its design. It has a 5-inch screen like many currently popular devices, with a soft-plastic chassis, which is reminiscent of the Nokia 820. This is more appealing than the Xperia Z’s glass chassis.

Another nice, alluring feature of its design is how from the side, the phone is thinner in the center than at the ends. This aspect of the design is fun to look at and makes you forget that it’s not a high-end device, and it’s still a thin phone at 0.35 inches thick.

Besides the standard white and black, the phone also comes in an intriguing purple shade. There’s also a notification light strip at the bottom of the device, which is a very welcome feature. Overall, the phone has a lot going for it visually, and it’s a sturdy, well-built device.

Internal Specs Leave More to Be Desired

In terms of display, the phone has a qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, with a pixel density of 220 ppi.

The Xperia C is Sony’s first MediaTek phone, which should allow Sony to cut some of the phone’s cost. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, with 1 GB of RAM. It has 4GB of internal storage, though external storage of up to 32GB is supported through microSD.

The Xperia C has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features that it has include two SIM card slots, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It comes running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).

May Be a Good Option for the Basic User

The Sony Xperia C is arriving in China on July 26th. The phone was actually designed with Chinese users in mind. That’s why there are dual SIM slots, one being WCDMA and the other being GSM. Android lovers on a budget in India may also appreciate the phone for this feature.

The phone was also projected to arrive in India some time this month, though it may arrive under a different name, as the device was initially exclusive to China.

Overall the phone is sturdy, reliable, and easy on the eye, but the hardware does leave something to be desired for the more advanced user. Basic functions on the Xperia C are fast and to the standard user on a budget, its hardware may be insufficient. It’s certainly one of the best low-cost phones currently out there. However, the more advanced user or developer on a budget may want to wait until cost-friendly smartphones with quad-core processors, 2 GB of RAM, and an HD display are available. The day might not be too far away.


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