Sony Xperia C 

Released July, 2013
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 3G
  • 5"
  • Quad core 1.2 GHz
An 8-megapixel shooter with a BSI Exmor R sensor and an LED flash is what you'll find housed at the rear of the Xperia C. The snapper performs admirably, but it's expectedly far from flawless.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
Overall, the Android experience on the Xperia C is definitely to our taste, and we actually like finer touches, such as the extensive choice of color themes, the built-in TrackID song recognition feature and so forth.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
6.2 Out of 10

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Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia C

Chrome is what you get out of the box with this budget Sony device, and the surfing experience is pretty decent overall.

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Apart from the dedicated two-step camera button on the right side of the phone, you're also getting an interface that's minimalistic, intuitive and just easy to navigate.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
As is to be expected, when the lights go down so does the overall image quality.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
Continuous auto-focus can be a bit lazy, however, refusing to re-focus unless the object is massively in the way.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)


HDR is definitely of help, as the dynamic range is not too impressive, though you're definitely trading details for a wider color gamut when it's on.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
Individual things, like the display, could have been better, yet at the end of the day, they felt perfectly adequate.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
Moreover, the Xperia C is just a tad too conservative on the brightness when in automatic mode, so you may have to tweak it manually.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)


So while color fidelity is to standard, one could say that details are a shade too low, not to mention that blurry images are sometimes hard to avoid.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
You're getting an admittedly underwhelming 5-inch, 540x960 (qHD) TFT LCD panel, or a pixel density of about 220 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
For starters, the qHD resolution screen is relatively easy on the processor, which in turn is pretty frugal with power consumption, thanks to its efficient Cortex-A7 cores.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)

Operating system

This is impressive, as the software is packed with features and settings one could tinker with.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
Conclusion We've always stood firmly behind the idea that any smartphone should be viewed as a package, and not simply as the cumulative score of each individual piece of hardware and software inside.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)
Also, while still on the topic of stills, it's worth noting that our results with the sweep panorama mode were rather underwhelming, as the software is pretty whimsical, yet still does a poor stitching job at the end.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)


The front of the phone houses the standard – the earpiece in the top middle, with the front-facing camera and ambient light sensor hugging the top right portion.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 5"
Resolution 960 x 540
PPI 220 ppi


Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 4 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown


Generation 3G
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. HSPA (unspecified)
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 600 min
Talk time (3G) 600 min
Standby time 35,280 min
Standby time (3G) 36,288 min
Capacity 2,390 mA·h

form factor

Weight 153 g
Thickness 8.9 mm
Size 74.2 x 141.5 x 8.9 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Android 4.2.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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