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Sony Xperia C Review

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Sony Xperia C Review

Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review
Sony Xperia C Review

Whether manufacturers like it or not, it's a different world out there, one where handset makers are increasingly pressured to take the growing price-conscious niche of the market more seriously than ever. Sony seems well aware of that, and the Xperia C is the logical next step in its playbook. This dual-SIM 5-incher is priced competitively, no small thanks to its MediaTek chip inside, and is aimed at the mind-numbingly large crowd in Asian markets, and elsewhere, where demand for big-screened devices on a budget is massive.

And though you can get your hands on something even cheaper than the Xperia C, extras such as Sony's brand cache, along with its proprietary software and attractive design may just be enough to tip the scales in favor of the phone. Let's find out!

In the box:

  • In-ear headphones with a microphone
  • Wall charger
  • USB to microUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets


Much alike to most any other contemporary Sony phone, the Xperia C pays homage to its OmniBalance design roots, inheriting both the good and the bad. Said otherwise, you're getting the typical rectangular slab, though the Japanese company knows a thing or two about making these look great, almost premium. Unfortunately, Sony's signature thick bezels are also present, and the device is quite large, but curiously – still smaller than the Xperia Z1 flagship.

The front of the phone houses the standard – the earpiece in the top middle, with the front-facing camera and ambient light sensor hugging the top right portion. Somewhat unconventional, even for Sony, is the speaker-like encasing for the microphone at the bottom. Right above that one is a very minimalistic notification LED light, best described as a strip.

Taking a look at the back, it's definitely the better-looking halve, with its matte plastic finish. All hardware buttons have taken a residence on the right profile of the device, and they all have great feedback to them.

Sony Xperia C
5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches
141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

Sony Xperia C

Xiaomi Hongmi
5.39 x 2.72 x 0.39 inches
137 x 69 x 9.9 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

Xiaomi Hongmi

5.37 x 2.68 x 0.29 inches
136.5 x 68 x 7.3 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)


HTC Desire 601
5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches
134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

HTC Desire 601

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The display on the Sony Xperia C is likely to cause some soul-searching for the pixel nuts among you. You're getting an admittedly underwhelming 5-inch, 540x960 (qHD) TFT LCD panel, or a pixel density of about 220 ppi. This is a long way from a 5-inch 1080p panel, but do keep in mind that you're buying into a budget solution, so you'll simply have to agree to compromise.

All said, the display is actually of passable quality and offers an overall proper color reproduction, though there is a barely detectable cyan tint to it and viewing angles are just poor. Moreover, the Xperia C is just a tad too conservative on the brightness when in automatic mode, so you may have to tweak it manually. Perhaps the biggest disappointment with the screen, however, is the complete lack of any protective coating, so you better gear up.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia C 480
OPPO R819 453
HTC Desire 601 503
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posted on 11 Dec 2013, 09:28 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Very nice phone for a budget!

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 09:39 2

2. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

A very reasonable review and score, finally?

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 10:00 1

3. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Reasonable review and score.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 10:02

4. shuvo1528 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

I am a big fan of "Phone Arena".And i am eagerly waiting for your review about sony xperia c.Thanks phone arena

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:36 1

9. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)

Well your wish has come true my brother..

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 11:24

5. shuvo1528 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

where is your video review? I am waiting for this.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 03:16

12. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

On it as I write this.


posted on 11 Dec 2013, 12:09

6. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

When is galaxy grand 2 review coming??

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 13:06

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

The score is a little higher than id thought it'd be. I guess its not that bad, its just that are much better budget phones.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 14:18

8. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

hmm i must have gone on phonearena not iPhone arena cuz a sony phone got a good score!! either way this is a very respectable phone for its class

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:39

10. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)

Not bad score actually...because look at other budget phones out there,not including Nokia and Sony,they sucks like hell...
Respect Nokia and Sony!!!^_^

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 00:37

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Nice review Chris and good score.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 07:07

13. Remmy (Posts: 146; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Way better than ZR's unreasonable score. Considering it's a lower-midrange phone :/

posted on 25 Dec 2013, 02:05

14. JoannaBarstow (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Dec 2013)

Xperia Z phone, This phone is sold as a waterproof phone, beware, I put this phone when it was hot into cold water to show a friend that it is waterproof. This caused a single crack on the screen, the phone is one month old, when I complained , I found out that this was not covered by warranty. Very disappointed.

posted on 09 Sep 2014, 07:04

15. amolk (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)

the worst phone i ever used. having manufacture defect sim slot not working since first day.. not even gud service by sony

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Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

OS: Android 4.2.2
view full specs
Display5.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (220 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches
(141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm)
5.40 oz  (153 g)
Battery2390 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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