Thursday , April 27 2017

Sony announces the Xperia C3 ‘Selfie’ phone

As teased on Twitter last night, Sony has today announced the Sony Xperia C3 – their ‘Selfie’ phone, with a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and soft LED Flash.

According to Sony, the ‘selfie’ has increased 17,000% since 2012, so the reasoning behind producing a Selfie focused phone is right there. To aid in taking Selfies Sony added a Flash, as well as including a ‘PROselfie cam’ and selfie apps in the software on the phone, which include a whole range of options to spruce up your selfies.

The phone will be available in Black and White, and in a departure from their recent colour scheme, they are offering a new colour – Mint. The phone comes with a large 5.5″ display, with a 1280×720 resolution and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and supports up to 150 Mbps 4G/LTE networks.

  • 5.5” 1280×720 HD IPS display
  • Snapdragon Quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Flash memory
  • 8 MP Rear camera with auto focus and 5MP Front-facing camera with LED Flash
  • Android 4.4
  • 2500 mAh Battery
  • 156×78.5×7.6mm @ 150grams

The Xperia C3 will be launched as a Dual-SIM phone, starting in August in China, but rolling out globally. No word on when, or if it will reach Australia but we’ll be asking Sony Australia for more information.

Source: Sony Mobile.

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  • JeniSkunk

    I hope it has microSD support with it only having 8Gb of onboard storage.

  • Dingle

    Absolutely useless.

    Should just add selfie specs on their flagships.

    There is no niche market for that.

  • Andrew

    Pretty big gamble to produce/market an entire phone just based on the selfie feature. Not sure how many consumers would purchase a phone just because it may take selfies a little better than other phones.

    Guess we’ll have to see if there’s an Xperia Selfie 2 phone to determine whether it was worth it for Sony.

  • Damien Xenos

    Seems the specs line up with the intended demographic: teens and tweens. These groups more likely influenced by marketing and may not be financially able to purchase a flag ship device. Similar rationale to the Facebook phones a while back.
    I could imagine better font facing cameras / flashes making their way to flagships.

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