Leaked Sony Xperia C6 photos show a gargantuan handset with a no-compromise front camera

A fresh leak from Asia claims to reveal live photos of an upcoming Sony smartphone with a large display and a front-facing camera flash. If these photos are authentic, then we're probably looking at a Sony Xperia C6 prototype.

Faced with declining smartphone sales, Sony adopted a conscious shift towards profitability instead of raw sales numbers in the past couple of years. However, although Sony's mobile arm is now focusing on fewer devices, the company does not fully adopt Apple's premium-only strategy. Perhaps Sony's most interesting non-premium smartphone series is the Xperia C line-up, which consists out mid-range devices with the uncommon feature of a front-facing flash.

The most recent member of Sony's Xperia C series is the C5 Ultra, which launched back in August 2015. Back in late January, rumors suggested that Sony will unveil a spiritual successor to the C5 Ultra - which might land as the Xperia C6 - at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. At the event, however, Sony surprised a lot of people by announcing a new smartphone series, the upcoming Xperia X handsets.

Since then, the rumored Xperia C6 (or perhaps C6 Ultra) has fallen off the radar. However, today's leak brings the phone back into attention and also raises some interesting questions.

Unfortunately, the source of these leaked photos does not mention too many details about the phone except the fact that it has a 6-inch display and that it is a mid-range product. Looking at the photos, the phone does match the previously-leaked Xperia C6 renders. Furthermore, the handset also has a large camera sensor on the front flanked by what appears to be an LED flash, all of the trademarks of a Sony Xperia C phone. 

Other elements that the photos reveal are a curved back and a curved front panel, a combination that reminds us of Sony's upcoming Xperia XA, as well as very slim side bezels, which make the phone look similar to the Sony Xperia C6 Ultra.

Previous rumors have suggested that the Xperia C6 will land with mid-range specs such as a 1080p display and an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor. At the moment, there's no pricing or release date information to discuss, but we'll let you know as soon as we learn more.

source: Baidu via Xperia Blog



1. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

That's one big ass camera

2. BobLawblaw unregistered

And one big ass phone..

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

because it has a big sensor, big and wide-angled lenses and an AF system. Dont act like you've never seen one before

23. MSi_GS70 unregistered

looks horrible tho .. bezel less is nice tho and no usb c ..shame

3. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Great side bezels. But Sony should remove on-screen buttons. It sucks and physical buttons are better.

4. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

That's your opinion.

8. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Ofcourse it's my opinion. Just like you with yours.

7. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014


10. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Capacitive keys have annoyed me since nexus one days. I know they've improved but on screen ftw for me. Plus on screen's got perfect thumb placement while capacitive's at very edge is not as comfortable to use. But different strokes...

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Opinions are like aholes I suppose.. I respectfully disagree with your opinion as I prefer captive versus on screen buttons

18. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

However he's right about ergonomics. Capacitive or physical buttons occupy usually the lower bezel, which means permanent strain of your thumb. The on-screen buttons are placed in a far more ergonomic distance from the bottom of the phone. And with so many apps now making use of Immersive Mode, there are no really serious concerns about lost screen surface.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

+1, it would be a great way to use the space and it would allow easier wakeup when the phone is on it's back (i'm guessing that Sony devices don't have knockOn etc)

20. Flame_Hunter

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

I guess you have'nt touch any xperia smartphone for sure, there's a double tap to wake feature on xperia phones.

5. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Sony Experia Cyclop

17. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

actually the HTC Desire EYE looks more like a cyclop with its front camera right in the middle

6. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Add a duel speaker slit at the bottom ala z5 and I do believe Sony's got a winning formula in terms of phone design. Simple and elegant without any unnecessary curves, protrusions, lines.

9. sunnyfpy

Posts: 297; Member since: May 12, 2013

Sony don't keep up with innovation, average specs only!


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Do you not know a mid range phone is.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Camera software gonna be lacking...typical Sony hehe

14. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

That phone looks straight up retarded.

19. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014


21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well selfie people will be happy...

22. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Love my xperia C5

24. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I was hoping for a replacement for my Z Ultra but I do not think this is it. So I guess I better take care of my Z5 Premium. I really like the Z5 Premium but a 6 inch screen would be awesome.

25. Marslander

Posts: 161; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Sony really believes in giant-ass top and bottom bezels.

26. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

On my Z5 Premium the large bezels place the stereo speakers further apart for better stereo imaging. And they come in handy for holding the phone with one or both thumbs in landscape mode.

27. SAURA91

Posts: 1; Member since: May 01, 2016

Thanx for the update. Their are some more updates that I have come across about Sony C6. PLEASE update it. UPCOMINGMOBILE.COM

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