Sony unveils the dual-SIM Xperia C3, touted as the “world's best selfie phone”
It looks like the selfie craze is here to stay and Sony's newest Android smartphone rides on that wave, as it is aimed at the self-photographing crowd. The phone in question is the mid-range Sony Xperia C3, which got caught in the wild yesterday, and its front-facing camera comes with pretty adequate photography-centric capabilities.
The rise of selfies shows no signs of abating – its usage has increased by 17,000% since 2012See, the front-facing snapper of the Xperia C3 is a 5MP one. In terms of senor size, just a few flagships endow such a big selfie-taking snapper these days – the HTC One (M8) with its 5MP front cam comes to mind immediately, whereas the Huawei Ascend P7 excels in this category with its panorama-capable front-facing snapper. The Sony Xperia C3 has something something to woo us with, too. Its wide-angle front camera is toting a hefty 80-degree field of view and is paired with a “soft” LED flash. The snapper is also capable of shooting in Superior Auto mode, which automatically adjusts certain aspects of the image in accordance with the ambient lighting.
But let's not forget about the regular
Overall, Sony seems pretty satisfied with the wide set of selfie-centric apps that come preloaded on the C3. Portrait retouch v.2 allows you to enhance your selfie in real-time, Timeshift-burst captures a whopping 31 frames in 2 seconds and enables you to select the best one(s), and Sweep Panorama snaps panoramic images as you move the Xperia C3 sideways. Other similar apps and features are also present.
There are a number of ways to take a selfie with the C3. Apart from the regular pressing of the hardware or the software shutter button, users can also double tap the rear cover of the device or make use of the Smile Shutter feature, which takes the selfie as you smile for the camera.
Hardware-wise, the Sony Xperia C3 is yet another regular mid-ranger. It is equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon SoC, ticking at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, and a microSD slot. The 5.5-inch Triluminous display sports a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, and this results in a mediocre pixel density of 267ppi. Users of the Xperia C3 can snap two SIM cards in their device, whereas a 2,500mAh battery takes care of the power department. The smartphone will be running Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
The selfie-centric phone will be available in black, white, and mint (which is a pastelly nuance of green). Sony says that the Xperia C3 will launch this August in China “as the first launch market”, which hints us that the device might grace other markets across the globe. Still, we don't know which ones. Pricing is yet to be revealed, too.
One of Sony's greatest rivals, HTC, is also believed to be working on a selfie-centric smartphone. It seem that the selfie craze is pretty far from being over.
Sony Xperia C3
3. Clashy (unregistered)
Let it be priced reasonably.
5. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Dat green would have been so perfect on Z2. Manufacturers should focus on more colours in their flagship models.
23. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
This is good idea to bring something new....its good because many people in the world take selfies.
Nice work Sony.
29. gaara6775 (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 May 2014)
We heard it first on HTC then came the Sony. Not too long ago though.
31. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I know buddy but it has flash that's a huge thing
34. reckless562 (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
yes it is, i mean, WHY MAKE A CAMERA WITHOUT A FLASH???? idiot phone makers sometimes
6. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
I just fell in love with that green model wow
14. alumoyo (Posts: 161; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
Me too! And here I thought it could't possible get any cooler that ORANGE on a smartphone. Hope to see them use that colour more.
7. boosook (Posts: 987; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Well, the htc one (m8) has a 5mp camera as well, but I don't think it has autofocus on the front camera. And, of course, no flash. So it's true that this might be the best selfie phone currently on the market. That said, expect a mediocre back camera from this phone (as with all other Sony phones with the 8mp Exmor RS sensor).
13. alumoyo (Posts: 161; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
Didn't we skip the C2 name Sony???
I like the idea of PANORAMA SELFIES though. Coz then its not so much about you duckface ans peace sign, but also about the beautiful view behind you as well.
17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
"World's Best selfie phone" Ever heard of Oppo N1?
20. pwnarena (Posts: 879; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
must have forgotten the "in a waterproof smartphone" part ... but then they also forgot to make it waterproof.
28. Neo_Huang (Posts: 376; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
I was just about to say that...13 megapixels, duel flash plus 206 degrees of rotation.
18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I feel like that Sony is smoking something... There are phones out there with 13 mp front camera out there. Those phones might have not the top of the line spec, but I don't think 5 mp camera could get better quality pictures than a 13 mp ones.
26. mokhtar (Posts: 219; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
Ok sony thats an amazing but wait.. GirlS love selfies so i think girls will love this phone.. But did sony think that a 5.5 phone is so big for a girl ?
32. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
If you went to korea, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, you will see that girl use bigger phone than boy because they can put it in their purse.
35. na7noo7 (Posts: 224; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
This uses the same camera found in the rear of the iPhone 4?
39. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)
Its front camera might even be better than the one on the back of the iphone 4.
Sony can claim the best selfie title if they can make this model available worldwide asap. Its competitors are mainly in china, we dont have oppo phones here. Xiaomi is starting to invade our shores though...
This model makes its upcoming T3 obsolete, they must bargain the t3 even before being launched. The xperia m2 will also be greatly affected. Only the t2 ultra can stand its ground.
If i havent bought the z2, this c3 model could have been a contender for my cash... Was also keeping an eye on the zenfone 6 but like sony, asus shot themselves announcing better quad core models even before the current dual core ones are available. Tip to Sony/Asus, Dont overshadow your own products.