Introducing the Sony Xperia C3: A mid-range phablet with a serious selfie snapper

Callum Tennent
July 8, 2014

Just when we were all waiting with baited breath for more news on the Xperia A2, aka the Xperia Z2 Mini, Sony goes and surprises us by springing a completely unknown new handset upon us. It’s called the Sony Xperia C3, and here’s all you need to know about it.

First thing’s first, it’s got a big screen. 5.5 inches to be exact – that’s 0.2 inches larger than the Xperia Z2. It seems that big, slim phones are becoming something of a design staple for Sony, and it’s hard to argue with the thought process. You’re certainly not going to mistake this for a handset made by anyone else, what with its large shiny face and slim, silver lining around the sides of the case.


Whilst the aesthetic is familiar, what’s definitely new is the front-facing camera. It’s the big draw, and with Sony’s Xperia range renowned for its excellent  rear-facing lenses, this is probably a move that should have been expected.

The selfie-cam on the Xperia C3 has 5 megapixels to its name. That’s undoubtedly a lot, but you’d be right in saying that it’s not a particularly high amount. After all, the HTC One M8 has the same specs, as does the Huawei Ascend G6. The Huawei Ascend P7 even has an insane 8 front-facing megapixels.

This hasn’t stopped Sony from proclaiming that the Xperia C3 takes the best selfies in the world though, so we’re certainly looking forward to seeing if it can do the business.

The Xperia C3’s front-facing camera is the only one on a smartphone with a flash though, so that’s something it has going in its favour. It also has a range of AR effects and portrait-retouching abilities, too.

Xperia C3 White Design

Elsewhere, the device is a lot more ordinary. A 1.2 GHz quad-core processor is the norm for mid-range devices nowadays, and a 2,500 mAh battery plus Android KitKat pre-loaded are nice to have, if nothing to turn heads. That aforementioned 5.5-inch display is 720p HD in resolution, too.

If you’re interested in the Xperia C3 but live outside of China then you’re out of luck for now, as it’s the only country with an official launch window for now. August is the month, with hopefully more countries to be announced soon after.

Xperia C3 Group Colours Front


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Callum Tennent

International playboy/tech journalist.

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