Sony Xperia C

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Sony Xperia C
Manufacturer Sony Mobile
Series Sony Xperia
Compatible networks 2G:GSM 900/1800/1900
3G: HSDPA 900/2100
First released June 2013 (Announced)
July 2013 (Released)[1]
Successor Sony Xperia C3
Related Sony Xperia M
Type Smartphone
Form factor Candy bar
Dimensions 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm (141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm)
Weight 153 g
Operating system Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
System on chip MediaTek MT6589
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz
GPU PowerVR SGX544
Memory 1 GB RAM
Removable storage 4 GB internal, supports up to 32GB microSD
Battery Li-ion 2390 mAh Standard built-in battery
Data inputs Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, Accelerometer
Display 5 inch 960x540px "Reality Display" TFT LCD at 220 PPI
Rear camera 8 megapixels with 3264 x 2448 pixels, 4x digital zoom, autofocus, LED flash
Front camera VGA
Connectivity microUSB, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

The Sony Xperia C is a touchscreen enabled Android smartphone designed, developed and manufactured by Sony Mobile Communications. Unveiled at the Mobile Asia Expo held in Shanghai, China in June 2013, the phone was targeted at the Chinese market.[2] It was released in July 2013. Despite its limited release in countries and regions, Xperia C managed to sell very well, having shipped one million units in the first 3 months since it availability.[3]

A successor, the Sony Xperia C3, was announced in July 2014. It was released in August 2014.[4]

Design[edit]

Similar to the Sony Xperia Z, the Xperia C has a rectangular build with a "Omni-Balance" design, according to Sony, which is focused on creating balance and symmetry in all directions.The Xperia C has subtle rounded edges and instead of a glass chassis, it features a soft-touch back cover that completely envelops the sides and back. Similar to Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc the back of the Xperia C slightly curved which tapers down to being thinner at the center.[5]

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

With dimensions of 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm, the Xperia C features a 5 inch TFT display which measures 960 by 540 pixels with a 220 ppi pixel density. The display of the device supports multi-touch up to 5 fingers and has Sony's anti-shatter film applied on the display which prevents the glass pieces of the display to fall out if the display is shattered. The phone also sports an 8 megapixels rear camera with Exmor R sensor which is capable of 4x digital zoom, auto-focus, face detection, Sweep Panorama, and is also capable of shooting videos in full-HD (1080p) mode. The device also has is a 0.3-megapixel front facing VGA camera. The Xperia C comes with a quad-core MediaTek MTK6589 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz,PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 286 MHz with 1 GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB by microSD. The Sony Xperia C is also a dual SIM smartphone. The first SIM card slot which supports WCDMA network and cellular data while the second SIM card slot supports only 2G networks which is meant for a secondary or overseas SIM card.[5]

Software[edit]

The Sony Xperia C runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony's custom launcher with some notable additions to the software include FM radio with RDS and Sony's Media applications – Walkman, Album and Movies. The device does not support NFC which allows 'one touch' to mirror what is on the smartphone to compatible TVs or play music on a NFC wireless speaker. However, the phone does support Miracast screen mirroring. Additionally, the phone includes a battery stamina mode which increases the phone's standby time up to 4 times. Several Google applications (such as Google Chrome, Google Play, Google search (with voice), Google Maps and Hangouts) already come preloaded.[6]

Availability[edit]

The Sony Xperia C was released in July 2013 with 3 colours available which are: Black, White and Purple. The Xperia C was launched in China with China Unicom, the only carrier in China to feature the Xperia C for now. However, a Sony representative said a version for other Asia markets may become available in the future.[5] Since then Xperia C has been available to Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, and India. It is available on retail shelves in Saudi Arabia from December 11, 2013.

Kitkat Update[edit]

Kitkat update for Xperia C is still not officially available. Rumours are coming since Sony is not speaking out for this update on this device. It's very probable and also logical that Kitkat won't be available for Xperia C because of its 4 GB internal storage (since there is no option for moving apps to SD card in Kitkat).[original research?] However, it might get android 4.3 as mentioned by one Indian Sony engineer[citation needed]. He also confirmed that Xperia C won't get Kitkat. It must be considered that it's not officially confirmed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony Xperia C S39h (Sony CN3) Specs". PDAdb.net. Retrieved 4 Sep 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sony has big news at Mobile Asia Expo — NFC smart watch, phone almost certainly on the way". Phandroid. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ 1 million Sony Xperia C smartphones sold: report. Airingnews.com (2013-10-22). Retrieved on 2013-11-14.
  4. ^ Trenholm, Rich (July 8, 2014). "New Sony Xperia C3 is all about the selfie". CNET. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "With Sony's new Xperia Android smartphone, 'C' stands for China". Cnet. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sony Xperia C with 5-inch display, dual-SIM available online for Rs. 20,490". NDTV Gadgets. October 3, 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
Sony Xperia C
2013
Succeeded by
Sony Xperia C3