Sony's latest Xperia C3 touted as the world's best selfie smartphone

It seems that camera phone makers are shifting their focus to the front-facing camera and Sony is the latest company to jump on the bandwagon. Its latest Xperia C3 smartphone is touted as the world's best selfie smartphone.

Looking at the specs of its front-facing camera, Sony is not kidding; the Xperia C3 has a 5-megapixel front camera with soft LED flash and a 25mm wide angle lens. The unique soft LED flash casts a soft even light across the whole image and the 25mm wide angle lens with an 80-degree field of view allows you to fit more people in the frame.

In addition, the Xperia C3 is the first Xperia smartphone to incorporate the Superior Auto mode - auto adjustment of lighting conditions and auto scene recognition - for the front camera. You no longer need to struggle to press the shutter button when taking a selfie as you can double tap its back cover or use Smile Shutter.

To make your selfies more interesting, Sony preloads two selfie camera apps - AR Effect and Portrait Retouch - on the Xperia C3. AR Effect enables you to add fun graphics and animations such as pirate hats and laser eyes while Portrait Retouch allows you to have a real-time makeover of up to two people from a choice of 10 different beauty styles, 10 DECO frame options and magic beam for 6 eye reflection pattern changes.

Its rear camera is no slouch either; the Xperia C3 has an 8-megapixel Exmor RS for mobile image sensor with pulsed LED flash. It is also capable of 1080p video recording with SteadyShot so that videos come out smooth and distortion-free.

Other specs of the Xperia C3 include a 5.5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD expansion up to 32GB, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-SIM support and a 2,500mAh battery.

Sony states that the Xperia C3 will be available in black, white and mint. It will be launched globally from next month with China as the first launch market.

The Xperia C3 is expected to go up against the likes of the HTC Desire 816, Huawei Honor 3X and Xiaomi Redmi Note. Below is a quick overview of their specs:

  HTC Desire 815 Huawei Honor 3XSony Xperia C3  Xiaomi Redmi Note
 Launch SRPFrom $498From $468 -From $199 
 Latest Price
From $430 - - -
 Operating SystemAndroid 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6Emotion UI based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.4 KitKatMIUI V5 (based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean)
 ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.6GHzMediaTek MT6592 octa-core 1.7GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHzMediaTek MT6592 octa-core 1.7GHz
 Built-in Memory1.5GB RAM 2GB RAM 1GB RAM 2GB RAM
 Display5.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels5.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels / IPS5.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels / TFT5.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels / IPS
Camera Rear: 13MP rear with BSI sensor and f/2.2
Front: 5MP with wide angle lens and BSI sensor
Rear: 13MP BSI with F2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash
Front: 5MP
Rear: 8MP with Exmor RS for mobile image sensor and autofocus
Front: 5MP with 25mm wide-angle lens and soft LED flash
Rear: 13MP with aperture of F2.2, 28mm wide angle lens and LED flash
Front: 5MP
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, DLNAWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with GLONASSWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + Bluetooth 3.0 HS, GPS + GLONASS, A-GPS
Storage Type8GB internal storage
MicroSD support up to 128GB
8GB internal storage  
MicroSD support up to 32GB
8GB internal storage
MicroSD expansion up to 32GB
8GB internal storage
MicroSD expansion up to 32GB
 Battery 2,600mAh 3,000mAh 2,500mAh 3,100mAh
 Dimensions156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99mm149.5 x 77.4 x 8.9 mm156 x 78.5 x 7.6 mm154 x 78.7 x 9.45mm
 Weight 165g 161g 150g 199g




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