Odd looking Sony "selfie" phone features rotating camera

Odd looking Sony
Sony has recently released the Sony Xperia C3. With its 5MP front-facing camera, the phone is being labeled as a "selfie"-centric handset. While this model is new, another "selfie" model from Sony could be on the way. An odd looking device with the Sony brand has been the subject of some photographs. This might be the oddest looking device we've seen in some time.

While the phone appears to have no buttons, and extremely thin bezels, that isn't the part of the phone that seems so strange. The part of the device that is weird is the rotating camera on top of the handset. Unlike the 13MP shooter on the Oppo N1, which swivels at a 260 degree angle as it turns from a back-facing camera to a front-facing one, this unnamed Sony device almost looks like a beacon. Sitting on top of the phone's body, enclosed in a clear covering, is a camera that apparently turns from side to side in order to cover both front-facing and rear-facing photos.

Some specs for the camera have been leaked. We are talking about a 19.2MP shooter, with a 1/2.3 inch Exmor RS sensor. A Sony G lens is employed, as is OIS. A number of promo pictures follows below.

So what do you think guys, any chance that this is real?


Thanks for the tip!

source: Digi-Wo.com (translated), Weibo (1), (2) via GforGames

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29 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

How many of you are going to buy a phone just for a camera

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I want one, lol. The design looks kinda strange though. It seems... quite thick. But I'm actually interested in both the design and the camera.

6. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I would, I am trying to find a mid-range Android phone with solid camera. I don't care about other specs, because I am planning on buying a fast high-end tablet.

18. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I would, but not this one; waiting for the Lumia 1020 successor...

27. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Narcissistic asian girls.

2. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Looks like a bottle of perfume! Bloggie successor? :)

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

looks like a fancy perfume bottle to me.

4. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Well I like the girls

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The odd moment when there are bunch of hot girl photos, but PA had to put the phone on the thumbnail instead.

11. nodes

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

well, because it's a tech website?

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Um... I'm not too sure about that. We had quite a few articles with a girl on the thumbnail. I feel like this selfie phone just looks so strange it can draw more attention than the girls. But who knows? xD

19. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Er... There's a young lady in over-the-top makeup trying to look like an underaged girl, but failing miserably due to her size 10 feet... Yuck! :-(

8. MacWiNux

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

we starred on the girl not the phone....

9. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

The design looks a lot like Lumia except the odd camera on the top.

20. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Edged Lumia rip-off; best looking phone from Sony in years! :-D

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

too much space wasted for the sake of aesthetics. if they made that rotating part opaque, it could have boused more components and made for a bigger battery of made that rotating part smaller.

13. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I think it isn't a phone, Xperia branding is missing, like what Remmy said it might be a bloggie successor that clings to a girlie perfume bottle look. They could put android in it though.

14. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I prefer a Nokia N8 over this phone, why are people trying to make 'selfie' a religion? it's not even that important, I hope this stops,

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The selfie craze it out of control. People go places and instead of doing anything, just take selfies. Go to a party; don't dance, take selfies. Go on vacation; instead of admiring landmarks and going to attractions, all they do is take selfies. It is getting really annoying

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

That's sad that they take selfies during the whole party or the whole vacation. I am one of those who enjoy selfies, but it never takes more then a few minutes. One minute should be plenty.

21. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I don't mind so much what people do; the Japanese have been seeing the world's great sights through a camera lens for decades, without attracting animosity. It's the fact that social media allows people to share these blatantly superfluous snapshots with everyone, and there seems to be no way of steering around them for the rest of us, short of technological exile...

15. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

In the 6th picture, it looked like the girl was holding a glass with cocktail.

22. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

are you sure it's a phone? isn't that just a camera?

23. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It's not a phone, it's a compact camera called Sony KW1 and it's the first to use a curved sensor.

24. 1701nino unregistered

This is a joke,anybody who buys this piece of glass is self-centric japanese girl.

25. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Okay... so if I end up buying this phone because I like it, it will turn me into a self-centric Japansese girl. Wow. That's amazing. Even the most advanced doctors in the world can't do that.

26. sulre

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

On SAR they say it´s not actualy a smartphone, it´s some kind of compact camera.... Should be the 1st camera feature that curved sensor...

28. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And people say Samsung creates weird phones. You haters take it back

29. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Sorry but this isn't a phone, it's KW1 or the selfie-centric camera. :)

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