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Sony Xperia C spotted, quick hands-on




Last week we got a tip from one of our readers about the upcoming release of the Sony Xperia C in our country. True enough, we spotted the 5-inch dual-SIM handset being displayed inside Sony concept store at SM Cyberzone in Megamall.

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The Xperia C’s design resembles that of the other recent high-end Xperia handsets. But although it sports the same “omni-balance” design scheme, it is a tad bulkier and bigger than its 5-inch siblings like the Xperia ZL.

The real estate at the front is predominantly occupied by its 5-inch qHD display. However, thanks to the fairly thick bezels around it, Sony was able to make room for other components such as the LED notification light at the bottom and front-facing camera.

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Sony Xperia C (right) besides the Xperia ZL (left).

Unlike the front panel, the Xperia C’s underside is less cluttered. The top side is where the 8MP shooter is, neighbored by an LED flash, and towards the bottom is where the speaker grills are located just below the “Xperia” marking.

There’s not a lot going on the left side apart from Micro-USB port. Meanwhile, the right side is composed of a total of four physical buttons namely Power/Sleep button, volume rocker and shutter button.

Sony Xperia C (C2305) specs:
5-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen @ 540×960 pixels, 220ppi
Mediatek MTK MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core
PowerVR SGX544
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
8MP Exmor R rear autofocus camera
HSDPA, HSUPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth
GPS with with A-GPS support
2390mAh battery
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
Dimension: 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 153g

From a design and build standpoint, the new Sony Xperia C looks and feels like it’s the real deal. We have to say that this one really pose a threat to the other premium dual-SIM smartphones in the local market, especially because it comes from a reputable brand.

Of course, there’s a lot about this handset that we haven’t discussed in our brief encounter. And for that, you just have to stick around for our full review, hopefully by next month.



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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40 Responses

  1. Ron A says:

    I got my Xperia C yesterday from Memo Xpress – under 12 months installment + Extended warranty. Php 15,300 all in. Not bad.

    Design and build? Elegant. Not cheap, and plastic looking. Very decent.

    It’s a good phone- 220ppi is not an issue, still clear and images are crisp can still match with Lenovo’s s920.

    Icons, and UI are neat looking compared than those of Samsung units.

    Battery is superb- though my initial charging took me 3.5 hrs to be fully charged.

    Camera is definitely clear, even in low light condition. Thanks for the exmor R Technology.

    Front camera is average- im not a fan of selfie anyway. LOL. Still, okay for video calling.

    1080 video frame is the one I like most on this unit. Videos are not pixelated. Perfect view for watching.

    Gaming, and surfing, smooth. Havent noticed yet any lag issue.

    MY Score is 8 out of 10.

    It’s not a perfect phone, but it’s perfect for budget conscious, – without compromising design, and build factor- This is a xoxo phone. LOL

  2. Ghosthunter says:

    How is the sound quality and volume? I have read the sound was a bit weak on this model.

    • Ron A says:

      Malakas naman and clear ang sounds. Meron syng X-LOUD feature.

      I recommend MemoXpress Glorietta kng bbili kayo ng unit. Mababait ang staff, and mron silang accesories availble- which is mahirap hanapin pa sa ngayon.

  3. This is a cool New Experia Phone,

  4. Jason Bourne says:

    Lenovo P780 over Xperia C

    Screen Res. 720p (294 ppi) vs qHD (220 ppi)
    IPS LCD screen vs TFT screen
    Battery capacity (4000 mah vs 2390 mah)and
    Talktime 43 h vs 14h (2g network)
    Active noise cancellation w dedicated mic
    USB otg

    Xperia C over Lenovo P780

    slimmer profile (8.9 mm vs 10 mm)
    weight (153g vs 176g)
    wi fi direct
    walkman app

  5. Ron A says:

    XPERIA C PROS :

    – ELEGANT DESIGN LIGHT, MUKANG MMAHALIN!
    – CLEAR QHD RESOLUTION (1080 FPS)
    – LIVE WALKMAN FEATURE
    – X LOUD SOUND
    – 8MP CAM- WITH EXMOR

    CONS :
    -NO OTG
    -SO SO BATTERY

    LENOVO P780 PROS:

    -OTG
    -4000 MAH MONSTER BATTERY
    -CLEAR QHD SCREEN (720 FPS) VIDEO RESO

    CONS :

    -(CHARGING TIME 4-5 HRS)
    – PLASTIC ALL OVER DESIGN

    SAME PRICE , SAME CHIPSET , SAME MEMORY CAPACITY.

    CHOOSE YOUR OWN POISON :D

    • glenn says:

      Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 @ 7999 php, hehehe

    • DIRT says:

      compatible ba ang asphalt 8 sa Xperia C? kasi sa Lenovo S820 wlang asphalt 8 sa play store.. why o why :(

    • john says:

      ano ba yung sinasabi mong 1080 at 720 fps sir? yung maximum video file na mapeplay niya? i think lenovo p780 can play Full FD videos too. plus lenovo p780 sports an HD 720p IPS screen resolution which even makes the Lenovo p780 looks more elegant then then Xperia C which only has TN TFT panel and more expensive

    • jason bourne says:

      lenovo charging time is at most three hours. Its back is made of part aluminum. It can also play 1080p videos in MX player’s HW mode.

      value for money goes to lenovo p780.

    • Heartie says:

      Sir alam ko pwede ang USB OTG sa Xperia C napanuod ko sa isang review handson. Pa confirm naman po kung nagana nga, Thanks :))

    • 1amj0s3 says:

      @Heartie
      Yes. It’s OTG ready.

  6. Kean says:

    Just get the Xperia SP instead of this. P14,000 lang sa ibang stores sa Robinsons Manila. A Qualcomm Dual-Core can run circles over those Mediatek Quad-Cores. Not to mention it has LTE, worth the price talaga.

    • plusone says:

      tama. xperia sp n lang, more value for money. see xperia sp reviews, especially the benchmark scores it got :)

    • bamboo says:

      dual sim pinagusapan dito… lets avoided comparing or suggesting devices not in the same class.

  7. Ronald says:

    This unit is perfect for people who like taking selfies using the camera at the back. It has an intelligent voice guide to help you take that perfect selfie.

    • Todd says:

      It is indeed a good phone for selfies.

      But I think LG G2 will be better in that aspect. It has a rear key button. I think that makes taking pictures even better. You can even use the front camera and just press on the rear key. Plus, it’s a 13MP camera with OIS.

  8. sup says:

    I know in terms of specs sp and c are close enough as xperia sp has Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait while xperia c has quad core 1.2 Ghz. but has diff processors as sp uses Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon and GPU of adreno 320. but i would want to ask if the MTK MT6589 and PowerVR SGX544 of xperia C is better or not?

  9. Rios says:

    im missing my old xperia :( but now im contented with my LG G2 which is great in new features, anyways might also try this sony xperia C :3

  10. silver says:

    quick hands-on?? why not try the LG G2! it’ll be such a delight to hold it and use the rear key for volume, power and taking pics.. other new specs are in this phone too! check it out! :)

    • Yong says:

      G2 really did good in the whole phone handling experience.

      The rear key makes handling and using the phone very comfortable. :)

  11. wew says:

    turn off talaga ung mediatke processor hahaha

  12. thecyberinsider says:

    im using experia phone before, but now i preffered LG G2 when it comes to camera it has 13mp with OIS also the processor is good.. :)

  13. dk says:

    me and my wife got one for our sister in law last one. Nice phone.

  14. LLLLL says:

    May nakita ako sa youtube, sabi ng nagupload ng vid (from India yung nag review), pwede daw mag transfer ng apps to sd without rooting sa xperia c, yan lang daw bukod tangi na xperia na may native move/write to sd.

  15. LLLLL says:

    This is the link in youtube.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS-tiLN6UFM

    kung totoo yun, eto na ang bibilhin kong phone :P

  16. Ron A says:

    hands on experience : I can transfer the apps to SD.. :)

  17. Shreyash says:

    How can I save pictures from facebook or twitter on my Xperia C. Long pressing the picture doesn’t show anything!

    • franz says:

      Sadly, the Xperia does not have the right click option of sorts like samsung does. You have to download an app for that. Select the 3 dots that show up and then select share and it will open a menu where you can use the app to download the pix.

  18. Antonia says:

    Hi Everyone! I have here for sale. Brand New Sony Xperia C (Dual Sim). For only PHP13,000.00. Original Price is 15K. Bought it abroad. Color White. With charger, USB Cable and Original Sony Earphones.

    With free screen protector and 8GB micro SD.

    You may email me @ [email protected] or SMS me @ 09428386642 if interested. Serious buyer only. Thank you so much!

  19. Randy says:

    Not “playstation certified”? What will i do with the quad core and 1gb ram then?

  20. rexel says:

    mg G2 nlng ako ganda p ng features like rear key and guestmode….

  21. Lemmme says:

    I purchased Xperia C,apps can be installed to the SD card, a function which you cannot find in some of more expensive devices which has 8GB of internal memory. I am happy with xperia c, works like a charm, no need to root my device to transfer apps to SD. :) This is not a high end phone but can run casual to heavy games and tasks. I can say that this phone is really good and worth the price. Gorgeous design, quality built, nice camera. only problem is the front cam, but other than that, no issues at all.

    • 1amj0s3 says:

      After re-booting the phone, do you notice missing Home screen shortcuts when apps are moved to the SD Card?

  22. jasel says:

    i bought xperia c and its really awesome. extremely satisfied with the specs. some issue regarding the front cam, other than that, no problem at all

  23. Franz says:

    Xperia C has given me loads of problems after the recent software upgrade. I’m usually the one to skip updates but the notifications were just too frequent that it became annoying.

    Front camera is so bad even with decent lighting. The back cam though has the timer and selfie-sort of voice guide which is perfect.

    built in keyboard switches to chinese everytime I open an app even after I have set it up as defaults several times over.

    Battery is superb. Mine lasts 2 days with gaming and music pus moderate calls and text.

    Display is commendable. Sound is above average but not too great.

    I got mine at SM Megamall for 12k+ with extended 1 year warranty that covers accidental damage.

    As for memory, that is th biggest problem.
    I have 32Gb memory card and I have opted to install the games and apps to SD. Even so, I still get the annoying notification that storage is full. When you check the apps list on settings, it’s not even at 75%.

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