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Sony's "selfie camera" is a real, perfume-shaped, luxury non-smartphone thing

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Hey, remember that ridiculous-looking Sony "selfie camera" that looked like a perfume bottle cap stuck on top of a Xperia smartphone? Well, it just got official in China! It's not a fake contraption, neither it's the Sony Xperia C3 "selfie smartphone". It's called the Sony DSC-KW1, and believe it or not, it can be explained.

The KW1 is a literal selfie camera that looks like a Xperia phone with the cap of an expensive perfume bottle attached to its top, and a back that's styled like a bottle itself. The device's body houses a 3.3-inch OLED display, while the top part houses a 19.2 megapixel camera with Sony's latest sensor technology. The 21mm f2.0 camera lens can be rotated 180 degrees, capturing the beauty of its (mostly female, we presume) users from every angle.

Also, the camera has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connections, and it records 1080p video. There are touch slide shutter, self-timer, instant share, and smartphone control functions built in, while the surface is inlaid with "dazzling Swarovski elements".

Great! But seriously, what's with the perfume bottle? Well, apparently Chinese ladies are really into decorating their phones with cases that look like premium Chanel perfumes, so Sony decided to go ahead and cater to this growing customer niche. However, the gadget's price is absolutely nuts - $843 (5,199 yuan).


source: Sony via Digital Trends

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posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:00 4

1. KingDingaLing (Posts: 295; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Uhhh, no thanks.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:23

11. Ashoaib (Posts: 2283; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


wow... now this is kinda interesting... quite unique... a phone of its kind... now this design can be called innovative... if it is for china then I hope sony will price it right bcoz sony has a track record of pricing its products higher

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:20

13. pwnarena (Posts: 933; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


not a phone

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:55

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2283; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yup! my mistake... thanks for correction

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:03

2. hurrycanger (Posts: 1190; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I was kind interested...
But I'll pass.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:03 1

3. mayur007 (Posts: 440; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Woaa price

No one will buy egoistic sony camera

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 13:20 2

18. T.Law (Posts: 285; Member since: 10 May 2014)


You don't know China then. I can see a whole lot of fugly narcissistic chinese girls buying this.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:05 3

4. Duketytz (Posts: 496; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Not only China, here in Singapore I see quite a number of phone cases that resembles perfume bottles!

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 05:56

21. pegasso (Posts: 161; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


not just Singapore, try South East Asia, those ugly chanel perfume cases are everywhere... -_-;

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:06 1

5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Unique, but no thank you.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:10

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I can imagine Chinese women with rich husbands buying these things.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:12 4

7. mixedfish (Posts: 136; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Before anyone asks 'why'.

1. Trial Sony's latest curved sensor tech, selfie users will like the extra corner sharpness.
2. The most popular selfie camera is the Casio tr15, and that's $100 more expensive than this.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:23 2

10. luis.d (Posts: 167; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Come on, it doesn't even have Swarovski crystals!

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:15 1

8. willywanta (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


hmmm... i wish sony has pink flagship xperia z phones

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 09:19

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2693; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


No, thanks.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:12

12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


"apparently Chinese ladies are really into decorating their phones with cases that look like premium Chanel perfumes"

No kidding, in Singapore and Malaysia, these things are all the range, despite making your phone almost 2 times bulkier...

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:43

14. irbaaz (Posts: 91; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


now liked it....

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 10:54

15. phantom_six_man (Posts: 81; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


nice perfume :)

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 12:43

17. mamadathu (Posts: 43; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


NO THANKS.............

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 15:37

19. gigaraga (Posts: 1220; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Still better looking than Lumia phones

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 22:37

20. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


19.2 mp better than gs5, m8 haaha.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 00:26

23. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 215; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


and you are the presumed id!ot to buy this cr@p? I was wondering who would ever buy this and you popped up

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 10:35

22. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


cybershot digicam in a bottle, thanks sony for a great gift idea (rich men to classy girl)... too bad most of us can't afford it. at that price i can buy an entry level dslr and she might like me more...

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