Leaked Sony Xperia C6 photos show a gargantuan handset with a no-compromise front camera
posted by Mihai A. / Apr 11, 2016, 5:17 PM
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.
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That's one big ass camera
posted on Apr 11, 2016, 5:20 PM 2
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Great side bezels. But Sony should remove on-screen buttons. It sucks and physical buttons are better.
posted on Apr 11, 2016, 5:22 PM 13
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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...
posted on Apr 11, 2016, 6:20 PM 8
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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.
posted on Apr 12, 2016, 12:50 AM 1
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+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)
posted on Apr 11, 2016, 6:21 PM 1
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Sony Experia Cyclop
posted on Apr 11, 2016, 6:01 PM 4
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Sony really believes in giant-ass top and bottom bezels.
posted on Apr 12, 2016, 1:42 PM 1
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