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The world's best ‘selfie’ smartphone: Sony Xperia C3 review

One of the biggest trends that has taken people by storm is the ‘selfie’ trend. Apparently, people love the ability to take pictures with their handsets. While many handsets today give people this ability, the Sony Xperia C3 has broken ground as one of the first mid-range handset to be marketed with selfies in mind. Dubbed "the world's best selfie smartphone," the Xperia C3 is unique in this regard. But is there more to the C3 or is it just a one-trick pony? Our Sony Xperia C3 review explores what the phone offers.

Design

As you might expect from Sony, the Xperia C3’s design is easy on the eyes. The C3’s sleek appearance pays homage to its OmniBalance design roots with Sony’s typical rectangular slab included. The handset is curiously large, but it is still smaller than the flagship Xperia Z1. It’s hardware buttons are beautiful on the right profile of the phone and all have great feedback to them.

The front of the phone houses a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, ambient light sensor and a standard earpiece in the top middle. The display is admittedly underwhelming with a 5-inch, 540x960 (qHD) TFT LCD panel and a pixel density of about 220 ppi. This is a long way from the standard 5-inch 1080p panel, but you should remember you are buying a mid-range solution.

The back of the phone looks better - almost premium - with its sleek matte plastic finish. There is a rear camera boasting an 8-megapixel unit with an Exmor RS image sensor. That's another mid-range specification, which should give you an idea at the young crowd Sony is aiming for with the C3.

Other spec highlights

The Xperia C3 runs on the latest version of the Android OS, 4.4 KitKat with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU and 8GB of internal storage. It has 1GB of RAM, which is okay for a mid-range handset.

One interesting specification worth mentioning in this Sony Xperia C3 review, however, is the phone's dual-SIM compatibility. Dual-SIM compatibility suggests Sony is also targeting markets in developing countries.

Overall verdict

Our Sony Xperia C3 review finds the phone is indeed worth looking forward to, especially if you are into a mid-range handset that promises you above average ‘selfie’ picture quality.

It's available in black, white, and mint and feature a huge screen, 7.6mm-thin chassis and reasonable weight of 150g.

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