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.
See, 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 rear camera of the Xperia C3. It sports an 8MP Sony Exmor RS sensor, which comes with auto focus and is capable of shooting 1080p videos, as well as HDR photos/videos. The rear flash is a pulsed LED one. The back snapper of the C3 is also capable of utilizing the Superior Auto shooting mode.

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.

source: Sony

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Xperia C3
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(25h 3G talk time)



3. Clashy unregistered

Let it be priced reasonably.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Dat green would have been so perfect on Z2. Manufacturers should focus on more colours in their flagship models.

15. yaniv00

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

*caugh* LG *caugh*

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

We heard it first on HTC then came the Sony. Not too long ago though.

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I know buddy but it has flash that's a huge thing

34. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yes it is, i mean, WHY MAKE A CAMERA WITHOUT A FLASH???? idiot phone makers sometimes

6. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I just fell in love with that green model wow

14. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 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: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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).

8. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Thank god no mediatek chip

10. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Still no Auto Focus for front cams?

13. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

"World's Best selfie phone" Ever heard of Oppo N1?

20. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

must have forgotten the "in a waterproof smartphone" part ... but then they also forgot to make it waterproof.

22. aipom

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Oppo N1 >>> All

28. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I was just about to say that...13 megapixels, duel flash plus 206 degrees of rotation.

18. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 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 ?

30. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

They just don't care.

32. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

This uses the same camera found in the rear of the iPhone 4?

39. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 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.

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