Sony unveils Xperia C3 ‘selfie smartphone’ with dual SIM and 4G LTE support

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

Sony has announced a new model in its Xperia smartphone line-up, boasting dual-SIM capability and compatibility with 4G LTE networks. It also has a high-resolution front-facing camera for taking better-quality photos than many rival devices.

Available from August, the Xperia C3 is a 5.5in smartphone based on Android 4.4 KitKat. With a weight of 150g and measuring 7.6 mm thick, Sony touts the Xperia C3 as super lightweight, with a slim design and powerful quad-core processor.

The handset also boasts a 5MP front-facing camera, a higher resolution than most rival devices, leading Sony to claim the device as the ultimate smartphone for ‘selfies’. An 8MP camera with auto-focus is at the rear.

In other specifications, the new Xperia is a decent mid-range smartphone with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB memory and 8GB of flash, expandable by an additional 32GB using a micro SD slot.

The Xperia C3 also supports 4G LTE networks at speeds of up to 150Mbps for downloads and 50Mbps for uploads, while the screen is a 1280×720 Triluminos IPS high-definition display driven by Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology.

Meanwhile, Sony’s dual-SIM technology allows users to fit two SIM cards, each with their own custom ringtones, and easily choose which one to use for making calls or sending texts. The firms said its dual-SIM technology lets users keep both SIMs active so they will not miss a call on either number.

In line with the phone’s focus when taking photos, Sony has pre-loaded a raft of apps including Portrait retouch v.2, Movie Creator, Vine, Picture effects and Timeshift burst, which captures 31 frames in a couple of seconds, allowing users to select the best image from the set.

The Xperia C3 has a 2,500mAh battery with a quoted talk time of up to 24 hours, which is also said to be good enough for up to 93 hours listening to music or up to 10 hours of video playback. Sony has not yet disclosed pricing for the Xperia C3.

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