Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Sony Xperia C's screen is 5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6589 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2390mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2390 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 25.2 days standby time, 603 minutes (2G), 603 minutes (3G), 765 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 2 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent day-to-day performance
  • Good build quality

What's bad  

  • Low resolution display
  • Very limited onboard storage
  • Performance lag during multi-tasking

The Xperia C is Sony's attempt to gain back some of the mid-range market segment it has lost to other phone manufacturers. The lower cost of entry does mean that Sony had to forego many of the premium materials and specs that graced the Xperia Z flagship. Instead of incorporating metal into the chassis of the phone, the Xperia C is made entirely of soft touch plastic. It suffers from the same thick bezels as the Xperia Z, which makes it slightly on the large size at 5.6 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches. Luckily, it was still comfortable for reviewers to use the phone for long periods of time.

The front of the Xperia C is dominated by the 5-inch, 540x960 qHD display, for an underwhelming pixel density of 220ppi. The lower resolution means that reviewers had some issues with aliasing around UI icons and reading smaller text on the web. Still, they go on to say that the resolution isn't terrible as images are still relatively sharp and the display itself has vibrant colors and good whites. They note though that viewing angles and deep blacks are not the Xperia C's strong points.

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Although it doesn't have the latest Snapdragon chipset, the Xperia C does come with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It is, by no stretch of the imagination, what experts consider a gamer's rig but it performed without a hitch during basic tasks and casual games. Once they started multitasking, however, there was some noticeable choppiness and lag. The 4GB of internal storage will disappoint many serial app downloaders. There is an expandable microSD slow but it only allows up to 32GB. Perhaps the only impressive piece of hardware is the 2,330 mAh battery. Critics were able to get 2 days-worth of moderate usage and were able to extend it to three when just using it for basic tasks.

As with the rest of the phone, the 8MP camera isn't awful, but it isn't show stopping either. Reviewers were able to capture decent images with good color in decent lighting, but once they ventured into low light territory, images were blurry and grainy. They did appreciate the fast autofocus and LED flash but The Mobile Indian notes, "…there are many handsets below this price point that could deliver the same."

Overall, reviewers consider the Sony Xperia C a decent mid-range device though not as competitive as it could be. NDTV states, "The Sony Xperia comes with a decent 5-inch display, good build quality and decent battery backup…However, we cannot say that the Xperia C is expcetional…" Phone Arena says, "…we actually enjoyed fondling with the Sony Xperia C…Individual things…could have been better, yet at the end of the day, they felt perfectly adequate."


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


NDTV

Good build quality but disappointing performance

from NDTV

The Sony Xperia C comes with a decent 5-inch display, good build quality and decent battery backup.

In addition, Sony's Xperia UI skin on the Xperia C is not as radical as HTC's Sense UI or Samsung's TouchWiz UI, and is simple and easy to use - in this iteration, it is much closer to stock Android than the others.

However, we cannot say that the Xperia C is exceptional, especially when compared with other devices in the same price segment. The only thing it offers is an international brand name, the accompanied promises of good build quality and solid after-sales serv... Full review

pratik

Awesome phone.. no issues

nice phone
nice phone Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 3, 2013
Regions available Asia, Australia, India, Philippines, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor MediaTek MT6589 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB Flash
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.54 W/kg
Body: 0.36 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2390 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 632 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 765 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
603 minutes (2G)
603 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Purple, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 cm
(5.6 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 153 grams
(5.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 220 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama, Scene mode, Exposure value, HDR, Metering
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, SMAF, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (NeoReader, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony C2305, C2304

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