Sony announces Xperia C3 selfie smartphone

by XB on 8th July 2014

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia C3

1_Xperia_C3_Group_Colours_FrontSony has unveiled the Xperia C3 (D2533) and Xperia C3 Dual (D2502, S55t, S55u), a device Sony is dubbing “the world’s best selfie smartphone“. Sony’s confidence comes from a 5MP 720p wide-angle (25mm with 80 degree field of view) front camera tied with a soft LED flash. Photos can be taken by double tapping the back cover or using Smile Shutter.

The Xperia C3 ‘PROselfie’ smartphone will also have the selfie software to go with it including front camera support for Superior Auto mode, AR effect and Portrait Retouch, which we’ve already seen on the Xperia T2 Ultra.

Portrait Retouch v.2 is a newer version of the Portrait Retouch app which includes real-time makeover, DECO frame options and magic eye beam (light reflection) effects. You can also retouch portraits of up to two people per image.

In terms of specifications, the Xperia C3 has a 5.5-inch (720 x 1280) IPS display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset (MSM8X26) with 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 305 graphics. The Xperia C3 has a phone to screen ratio of 68.10% and pixel density of 267 PPI.

Other features include a 8MP Exmor RS rear camera with auto-focus, 8GB internal storage (5.1GB usable), 1GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a 2500mAh battery including Battery STAMINA Mode 3.0. The Xperia C3 Dual is the same device as the Xperia C3 but will feature dual SIM card support.

The Xperia C3 has dimensions of 156.2 x 78.7 x 7.6 mm and weighs 149.7g. The phone will launch with Android 4.4 KitKat in three colours (black, white and mint) from August 2014. China will be a launch market.

Sony Xperia C3 (D2533) white paper
Sony Xperia C3 Dual (D2502) white paper
Sony Xperia C3 Dual (S55u) white paper
Sony Xperia C3 Dual (S55t) white paper
















Via Sony Mobile Blog.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Still don’t have auto focus on front camera =_=

  • YES THEY HAVE A NEW DESIGN LANGUAGE flat silver sides i am sure this is what the new flagship will have too

  • Kadek

    OK I will say most of Sony’s fans will say… ” DEM BEZELS !!!”, Top bezel is a bit acceptable because of the position of camera, but those bezel on the bottom is unnecessary. This phone isn’t even waterproof… *sigh*

  • roeshak

    LG G3 is 146mm with the same 5.5 inch display. This joker is a good 10mm taller. Sony’s design team needs an overhaul of personnel. Ridiculous!!!

  • techielover

    Looks like all the manufactures are in love with snapdragon 400 quad core. Is there any other chipset available in the market or not lol?

  • Beast

    OMG! Are they really insane in SONY? Why they release so big phones this year? I want something between 4,5-4,8″ with great specs, not 5,5″ pancake.

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  • xperiaDROID

    Snapdragon chipsets are more reliable, Mediatek chipsets are less reliable but it’s a low price chipset so phones will have a low and affordable price if it has Mediatek chipset, Nvidia chipsets are underrated and they only make high end chipsets right now, Intel…not sure why these manufacturers don’t use Intel chipsets though, most manufacturers who use Intel chipsets on phones are Acer and Asus and Samsung used Intel chipsets on their old Tab 3 10.1 as well. I hope AMD will make chipsets for phones, because they’re the one that’s missing right now lol.

  • xperiaDROID

    Don’t forget, this “pancake” you’re talking about is a mid range device, if you want great specs on a small size phone, get the Z1 Compact or wait for the Z2 Compact.

  • xperiaDROID

    I was a bit surprised to see that Sony didn’t use Mediatek chipsets on their new C series phone and went with Snapdragon 400. But still, I’m not into this selfie game so I’ll pass.

  • HardyHarHar

    Omnibalance… Meaning symmetrical. I don’t think it would be still symmetrical if the top bezel is wider than the bottom bezel right?

  • Sony. make.believe :)

  • ???cz

    Shut up and take my selfies!

    -Original idea…. I guess Samesung will copy this.

  • Mirrorpurple

    Dat front cam lens is hideous tbh… But selfie with flash? Might as well just use the screen to flash…

    Specs are fine for the mid-range market so…

    Not gonna get the phone even when i have to…

  • Capt

    it’s stylish 7.6mm not 9mm like your favorite bezel-less xoxo phone

  • Capt

    kinda hope for AF too, anyway we have LED in front

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  • Have you heard of the Xperia E1?

  • ryq24

    This phone main target are teenage girls.

  • jag

    out of topic but i really wish they will bring out a Z2 ultra!!!!!!

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  • Batoem

    i like that mint color

  • Hanzubou

    All i can say ’bout this is just an upgrade of my Xperia C, with bigger battery, better processor, better display, bigger phone, and especially better front camera

  • mint! :)

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Another 5.5inch. Now my xperia z2 officially a compact version.. :-)

  • Nico

    Why’s the name C3?

  • Reza

    So you’re fan of LG, right?

  • Aiden Pierce

    surpassed Z2 bezels…congrats Sony…build whole bezel only y we need scree

  • Aiden Pierce

    And y not make water resistant usb for next flagship or built in wireless charging to give us rest….i am tired of opening your flap in my z2…

  • Aiden Pierce

    ahem! Z3 compact..

  • xperiax10.awesome

    Sure shot !!! :-D

  • xperiaDROID

    Is it running ctOS? :P

  • Luca

    I knew I would use this reaction sometime…

  • The design we saw on the other day is Xperia C3! Not Z3… uff…..

  • Jumbo

    Actually this phone is mainly for retards who will take their pictures and show off on Facebook. Seriously, I don’t get the next generation what the hell happen to privacy? Even loanshark’s are finding their debtor’s info through FB because people are stupid to post everything on the web. For what? A minute of glory? So yeah, this phone is going to have a big market and the selfie term is going to be a big hit despite it sounding so corny… While I’m happy that Sony is being creative, the downside this is making our human race dumber. Oh well… 21st Century glory!

  • Beast

    You’re kidding, right? E1 is 4″ crappy lowend. I’m talking about a successor to Xperia SP or L.

  • Sal3m

    Have you heard Z1 compact

  • sanyam

    I think the phone which was rumoured as Z3 was this :P

  • Luca

    The top bezel is a lot bigger than the lower one on Xperia SP…talk about symmetry

  • ;).

  • Beast

    Z1c is only 4,3″ and too expensive for me, I would like to see something like SP with the same size, but newer hardware. I’m pretty sure, I’m not alone.
    I have now Xperia M, which I like, but I want to buy something better and want ot stay with Sony.

  • sanyam

    bro its 1cm only and no one should make a phone having similar characterstics of other phones stop crying for bezels because after that you guys will cry sony stole G3 design or G3 concept and its not a flagship phone

  • Uqix

    AF will just ruin your selfie experience. It will take more time to capture a picture and if it doesn’t focus correctly you’ll have a blurry photo.

  • Rutnag

    Original and great for promotion, now era of selfie and instagrams so ideal hit in the market.
    But, why C3, does someone saw Xperia C2 ? :P

  • Uqix

    Because it’s launched in H2 2014.

  • Commenter

    Original idea internationally, here in the philippines, there’s a local brand phone maker that already had this “Selfie Phone” Idea (Front cam with flash) before this was born. But I guess this move from Sony will really provoke “Samesung” from copying this SAMEsung idea

  • Duke

    Sony is really releasing many phones with similar specifications. I was expecting different specifications, but this is more similar to xperia T3(Except 5 MP front cam & + .2 inch display). They could have added this selfie feature on the T3 itself and ignored this Xperia C3 or vice versa. Now sony need to release a real successor to Xperia M and Xperia SP to really sell more devices in the low-mid segment and high-mid segment.

  • Jonathan Bratanata

    no idea… at least the C3 doesn’t use a mediatek processor like the original xperia C

  • Jonathan Bratanata

    get a magnetic charging adapter/cable so you won’t have to open the flaps/use the magnetic dock. The good ones are 10$ if you’re lucky, there’s also the cable version of it

  • Jonathan Bratanata

    we all wish that

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  • Jaco

    Next Up: Junk shot smartphone with junk shot retouch and PROjunkie apps. Maybe later we can have a colonoscopy smartphone if we’re lucky.

  • Tjaldid

    the front panel you mean

  • Rob

    You seem sad.. Here, listen to this upbeat and not at all annoying song on a related subject matter.

  • Hamid

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  • Ayman F. Herzallah

    WTF SONY? Just keep repeating the same specs with very minor differences..
    M2, T2, T3 and now this stupid “selfie” C3?
    Why on Earth are they following Samsung’s footsteps? I wish they’d focus more on software rather than releasing the same phones with different names..
    You’ll end up losing all your costumers!

  • roeshak

    Good luck to Sony selling a phone this flipping big to teenage girls. Just another phone that’ll quickly be forgotten.
    Somebody needs to remind them they’re actually supposed to be making phones here and not tablets

  • roeshak

    Indeed, they might as well slap on a 2 inch display and leave us just mostly bezels lol

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  • Oskar

    Don’t think the customer segment these devices are targeted at have very high retention regardless.

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  • hocestquisumus

    Clever. This should find some younger audience. The Omnibalance design (which I love) gives Sony’s products a very serious touch. And it doesn’t cost much, just take some specs from 2012, slap a rear camera from the same year on the front, done. No loss if it doesn’t sell.

  • Tjaldid

    still need to debunk the “uses the same specs as Z2” rumors :P

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  • D

    We had the Smiler Shutter feature in the Xperia C.

    Does the C3 come with a Duck Face Shutter?

  • shanefalco

    I prefer huawei g6 for price and dimensions (199 euro in italy). G6 is perfect for young people.

  • Anukul

    5.5″ is a fail , only if it was around 4.5″

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  • Lunkz

    Huawei, just saying.

  • Lunkz

    Attention hoes, nothing more.
    Woman needs attention, or they gonna die like a flower, slowly…

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    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 ?

  • Billy de Fretes

    in indonesia, we have the perfect partner for xperia C3 … tongsis.. or tongkat narsis .. or narcissism stick :D so you can use C3 without close your eyes because of front LED

  • Umar Khan

    awesome Sony but listen you dont have to keep the same design for all the variants, tell your designing team to come up with something different, remember back in the days when Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo all had awesome different designs?????

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  • skrug

    no it’s not, look at the ear piece/ speaker (?) holes in the leak Z3 front panel. It’s rounded and not on the edge of the phone like on here. There’s also less side bezel than on here.

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  • xperiafan324

    Actually, Chinese phonemakers have been making selfie centric phones for a while, the Oppo N1 even features a swivelling camera with diffused flash (in addition to the regular flash) simply for the purpose of selfies, then there’s the tcl monkey king 2 with 13 MP sony exmor sensors both on the front and back of the phone.
    But Sony – while not being the first with selfie focused features – is certainly providing a much more cohesive hardware and software combo for selfie shots than any other before it. Definitely see this phone selling bucket loads.

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  • Mac

    Yea, I feel ya. I got the Z1C on release and I do love this phone but next one needs 2 be 4.55-4.8inches. Next generation Flagship spec’s in a body of zr or sp.
    Although if the ZL had been released were I live at launch I might have had that one now. But I think it’s just about 2 big.

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  • jc

    beacuse there’s already a c2

  • jc

    it’s ok most girls like big! :p

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  • CedricS

    Can it connect to an external display via hdmi or mhl ???

  • tk

    Don’t needs to make a full speed 8″tablet, can’t believe nobody make a waterproof tablet this size,I would love one to use at the beach, pool, bath, etc

  • tk

    Auto correct turned Sony into don’t

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  • Abdul Razzak

    Sony launched the Xperia C3, at the same time its dual-SIM variant Xperia C3 Dual last month and had also announced that these smartphones would be globally announced in the month of August.

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