Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Sony Xperia C3's screen is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad Core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 43.3 days standby time, 660 minutes (2G), 1500 minutes (3G).





Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


GSMArena

Solid enough midrange package

A beefed up selfie-cam is probably a good way to jazz things up without a massive investment. No wonder we've been seeing much of them in the midrange.

The front LED flash narrows the list of potential competitors to just a few names. The likes of the HTC Desire Eye and the Oppo N-series don't really count here. The Sony Xperia C3 is clearly in a lower league but it's exactly the place where a selfie cam can be a key selling point. Even more so if paired with an LED flash.

To its credit, the Sony Xperia C3 has more than just a rare front-facer to offer. It comes with an ample 5.5" IPS display and decently sharp too. It lets you choose between LTE and dual-SIM support. The Snapdragon 400 keeps up with Android 4.4 KitKat for a reasonably smooth user experience overall. You get more than decent battery life and adequate inbuilt storage topped up with a memory card slot.

And it's not like Sony had to work too hard on this particular package. It's pretty much an Xperia T3 with an upgraded front camera. To be fair, it's a substantial upgrade on paper but the 5MP camera fails to impress - with or without the LED flash. The image quality is underwhelming and the added apps and features don't make a big difference. The lack of Full HD video recording doesn't help its case either.

Overall, the Xperia C3 is decently equipped to stand its ground in the midrange and has a unique marketable feature. Whether it's more than just a gimmick is arguable but it's true that a high-res wide-angle front cam with an LED flash is still a rare combo. 

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A beefed up selfie-cam is probably a good way to jazz things up without a massive investment. No wonder we've been seeing much of them in the midrange.

The front LED flash narrows the list of potential competitors to just a few names. The likes of the HTC Desire Eye and the Oppo N-series don't really count here. The Sony Xperia C3 is clearly in a lower league but it's exactly the place where a selfie cam can be a key selling point. Even more so if paired with an LED flash.

To its credit, the Sony Xperia C3 has more than just a rare front-facer to offer. It comes with an ample 5.5" IPS display and decently sharp too. It lets you choose between LTE and dual-SIM support. The Snapdragon 400 keeps up with Android 4.4 KitKat for a reasonably smooth user experience overall. You get more than decent battery life and adequate inbuilt storage topped up with a memory card slot.

And it's not like Sony had to work too hard on this particular package. It's pretty much an Xperia T3 with an upgraded front camera. To be fair, it's a substantial upgrade on paper but the 5MP camera fails to impress - with or without the LED flash. The image quality is underwhelming and the added apps and features don't make a big difference. The lack of Full HD video recording doesn't help its case either.

Overall, the Xperia C3 is decently equipped to stand its ground in the midrange and has a unique marketable feature. Whether it's more than just a gimmick is arguable but it's true that a high-res wide-angle front cam with an LED flash is still a rare combo. 

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NDTV

Master of Selfies

from NDTV

As far as Sony is concerned, the company's marketing strategy for the Xperia C3 Dual is spot on. For those who want a competent smartphone which can capture great selfies, the Xperia C3 Dual is the best bet at the moment. The phone competes directly with the HTC Desire 816. HTC's phablet has a bigger screen and an infinitely better rear camera, whereas the battery life on the Sony Xperia C3 Dual is better. Both phones are great in their own rights, so in the end it boils down to the brand affinity of the buyer. 

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As far as Sony is concerned, the company's marketing strategy for the Xperia C3 Dual is spot on. For those who want a competent smartphone which can capture great selfies, the Xperia C3 Dual is the best bet at the moment. The phone competes directly with the HTC Desire 816. HTC's phablet has a bigger screen and an infinitely better rear camera, whereas the battery life on the Sony Xperia C3 Dual is better. Both phones are great in their own rights, so in the end it boils down to the brand affinity of the buyer. 

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Digit

The best selfie phablet

from Digit

The Xperia C3 is a perfect device for the ones who like a large sized device from a venerable brand. If you want high-end specs, then you should probably stay away from this. At this price you can get better performing smartphones, but somehow Sony smartphones feel good. Alternatively, you can probably go for the Micromax Canvas Gold, or probably the best phone in this range, the Moto X.

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The Xperia C3 is a perfect device for the ones who like a large sized device from a venerable brand. If you want high-end specs, then you should probably stay away from this. At this price you can get better performing smartphones, but somehow Sony smartphones feel good. Alternatively, you can probably go for the Micromax Canvas Gold, or probably the best phone in this range, the Moto X.

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Abhijit Das

Outstanding set

good camera back and front and best display..5.5 SONY is best product


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 21, 2014
Regions available India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.33 W/kg
Body: 0.52 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 882 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 707 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 660 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 43.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.8 x 0.8 cm (6.1 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
16x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Burst mode, HDR, Scene recognition
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, ASF, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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