At that time, the Chinese manufacturers have long paid time front-facing camera (selfi or self-portraits – a very popular trend in Asia), other vendors were not active in this direction. Smartphones with advanced front camera appeared at Nokia (Lumia 730), HTC and Sony (Xperia C3) in the autumn. But if HTC Desire EYE with 13 megapixel front camera belongs to the class of smartphones masthead (here and Full HD screen and powerful hardware platform), the model Sony and Nokia – the middle class with a price of about 13 thousand rubles.
But for most users, the front camera refers to the additional features, and it is unlikely someone makes a conscious choice is a smartphone with advanced camera solely for self-portraits, usually focusing on a set of functions.

In this regard, Sony Xperia C3 is one of the most affordable Sony devices with larger screen: here 5.5 inch HD screen, slim body, capacious battery, support for two SIM-cards and LTE. But it is necessary to understand that the smartphone is great for one-handed, it is still not mass market, even given the attractive price.

With the increased selling prices for the purchase of new items are now on sale smartphone may be advantageous step, with a starting price of 13 990 rubles (there are cheaper options) Xperia C3 is quite an interesting option among the A-brands.

Technical characteristics
OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Communication: GSM GSM 850/900/1800/1900 + HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
Variation with two SIM-cards
Processor: 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 1.2 GHz, Adreno 305 graphics
Memory: 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of ROM, slot for microSD memory cards
Screen: 5.5 inch, IPS, HD 1280×720, TRILUMINOS
Camera: 8 megapixel Exmor RS f / 2.0, the front 5 mm
Data Transfer: GPS / GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, NFC
Battery: 2500 mAh
Colors: black, white, mint green
Dimensions: 156.2 x 78.7 x 7.6 mm Weight: 149 g
Design, usability
Sony Xperia C3 is almost identical design Xperia T3 – stylish flagship company with a 7-mm thin body and metal inserts. In fact, the smartphone looks simple enough, the rear surface is fully tightened frosted polycarbonate design diversify just the same mirror inserts on the sides. In contrast to the more expensive the older models Sony, moisture protection is not offered here, thickness is 7.6 mm.

Monolithic body, no loose parts, due to the tapered ends, as well as the minimum thickness of the device feels good in the hand, it is more compact than many other smartphones in volume, but there is a wide spatula due to the large screen frames. To achieve the minimum thickness and not sacrifice battery capacity had to be increased beyond the screen. But if you compare a smartphone with Lenovo Vibe Z2 (also 5.5-inch screen) model from Lenovo compact.

With regard to the elements, then all the standard 3.5 mm input on, the memory card and SIM-card (format micro) at the ends of the plugs microUSB slot was moved to the left end. The good news for Sony traditional button on the camera and shooting, it can help to quickly launch the camera application, though it is much close to the edge.

No change in color: white, black and mint green, the colors of 2014 for Sony, but there is no golden version.

Sony Xperia C3 – not the most compact smartphone on the ratio of length and width to the size of the screen, but, as we said, this is explained by the desire to include a larger battery in a thin shell. The screen itself is a 5.5-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels. It is a model of the middle class, so decided to do such a resolution, but not Full HD, like the flagship smartphones.

The screen is IPS-technology – both Sony and said, in the new devices will be used just such a matrix. This means that the maximum viewing angle steel, there are no problems with contrast, look at the screen is pleasant in all respects. Relatively low resolution (by the standards of 2014) still affects the perception, the number is 267 ppi here, pixelation expressed. But the sun behavior is excellent mirror substrate cope with their tasks perfectly.

Detailed testing screen spent our expert Mikhail Kuznetsov:

Screen Sony Xperia C3 uses IPS LCD panel diagonal of 5.5 inches. Resolution 1280×720 (HD) with a diagonal provides pixel density of the order of 267 ppi. It is slightly not up to the desired threshold of 300 ppi, so someone image may seem loose and poorly defined.

The maximum brightness was 470 cd / m 2, it is quite high margin. The contrast ratio is 1200: 1, a very good result for the IPS. Anti-glare properties to be good, but the viewing angles are not too pleased. It uses a variety of budget IPS, distortion in the image begin at relatively small angles and the black color is rapidly becoming purple or yellowish tint.

The average range is difficult to assess, since there can not be disabled automatically adjust the backlight working depending on the image. It does not help even the use of special templates with a constant average brightness. Change dark and light images accompanied by irregular brightness, which is quite visible even to the naked eye, it is sometimes distracting. However, the critical blockages in real images not found.

High color temperature – about 7500K, which indicates a bluish hue in the image.

In the color balance of distracting blue component and red enough. Default is achieved only satisfactory accuracy: average Delta E error on gray scale reaches 8.38.

Color gamut is close to the standard sRGB, so that the palette in the photos as a whole, has an optimal saturation. No less important is what happens with flowers inside the triangle gamut.

Color offset due to excessive blue impurities, but there were no critical errors. Check for 24 templates ColorChecker gives the following results: the average error color Delta E – 5,15 units. Distortions are large enough.

Remedy the situation helps to have unpretentious adjust the color balance. I tried to correct the flaws of color balance and remove the excess of blue with these settings. On our instance of this was achieved with the following settings:

R – 100
G – 60
B – 0

After manually adjust the average Delta E for error grayscale dropped to 1.44. That is, the hue significantly closer to the standard 6500K. In general, no additional adjustment is unnecessary.

According to the results of testing screen Sony Xperia C3 left mixed impressions. Here is a good supply of brightness and high contrast, complemented by a good antialiasing. Problems with legibility in the sun should not be. In this case, the image is not very clear, there is a strange auto-tuning the brightness and color rendering by default does not shine accuracy. Some nuances definitely need attention, so that in its current form, the screen Sony Xperia C3 looks very “average”, although it is well suited for typical tasks smartphone.

Screen smartphone hypersensitive, can respond to touch gloves, also have levels of customization, you can adjust the color reproduction.

Hardware and operating time
The smartphone has a middle class chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) with a frequency of 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and graphics Adreno 305. One of the advantages is to provide presence of the compartment for microSD up to 32 GB (officially, but in practice can be supported cards larger volume, up to 128 GB), built 8 GB of memory for data storage. Of these, the user is about 5.5 GB, but a slot for the card will always help. The smartphone is well optimized, fast interface, delays in operation no. Xperia C3 also got a full set of wireless profiles. In particular, it can work in the 4G-network, it has NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct. There is also a version with two SIM-cards.

Look at the synthetic benchmarks. As we have repeatedly said, rely on their results in the evaluation of the speed of the smartphones is incorrect, you can do only preliminary conclusions. At the expense of additional functions, uncluttered software shell Sony Xperia C3 runs smoothly, faster 4-core processors competitors MediaTek.

The smartphone uses battery 2500 mAh, which is more than most competitors with the same thickness (usually battery 2000 mAh), but in tests AnTuTu machine dials a record number of points. In the video playback at maximum brightness Xperia C3 lasts for more than 8.5 hours – is twice more than Xperia T3 with the same screen and the battery, which is pretty strange. So all in all C3 should be commended for the time avtonosnoy work, everything is fine, and the active use of the smartphone would be enough for one and a half to two days.

In terms of energy savings Sony uses a well-known algorithms STAMINA. They allow you to turn off background processes during periods of inactivity, specify a list of applications that are allowed access to the network, control other parameters – screen brightness, calls, and so on. Note the high efficiency STAMINA – in idle mode the unit is not completely discharged, you can not worry about it.

In Sony Xperia C3 used the main 8 megapixel Exmor RS. It is not up to current realities, but an adequate solution to a very fine model of the middle segment. Traditionally, there is a special Sony superautomatic mode, where you can get a 6 megapixel picture, which is used in the formation of information of all pixels, and a well-chosen parameters for shooting in different conditions. You can put the device in manual mode, selecting longer maximum resolution of 8 megapixels.

Another original mode – with elements of augmented reality. Thus, shooting someone, you can automatically add different elements in the frame. And they adjust to the one we’re shooting right now. Such a kind of collage look very interesting. For example, you can arrange a shoot with a dinosaur that will move in the jungle, you can zoom in or out, this has not happened in any device. Subsequently, new features will appear in the Google Play, so you can expand the possibilities of augmented reality.

Examples of pictures on the main camera:

Also, the device features the powerful front-facing camera 5 MP, prisusttvuet and frontal flash. The camera is equipped with different modes, such as for shooting self simply double-tap the back of the case. There is support for HDR, as well as a variety of effects: AR Effect mode lets you add graphics and animation, for example, pirate hat, facial distortion in the style of horror movies and laser beams from his eyes.

With the face retouch mode can be real-time edit a photo of one or two people, choosing a variety of combinations of 10 styles and 10 decorative frames, as well as using the tool “Magic Ray” offers 6 different options glare of light in his eyes.

Software Platform
Sony Xperia C3 is running Android 4.4.2, which is hidden proprietary shell Xperia. Making typical devices Sony, there can be up to seven home screens, change wallpaper, add the widgets. Interface, which, on the one hand, not much different from the stock Android and lovers, uncluttered interface, on the other – does not offer a maximum of additional functions, in contrast to the analogues in the same Samsung. Making quiet, screaming jumble of icons and styles is not here, high speed.

It is interesting that Sony made the mode for one-handed operation, and to the iPhone 6/6 Plus: when you double tapas notification bar shifts below, so you can reach the different lines quite comfortable.

As before, the available widgets popular mini-applications that easily cause through the window running applications. If you wish, you can add new elements to the smartphone via Google Play.

Naturally, all multimedia applications – movies, gallery, player Walkman – branded here, not the standard Android. There is an advisory service Sony Select.

Of the useful features is to provide a simplified menu mode, which helps to manage key functions of the device to those for whom this is the first smart phone, or those who simply do not need additional capabilities. Analogs simple mode we have seen in smartphones Acer, ASUS, Huawei, for example.

OfficeSuite package preinstalled document viewer, browser Chrome, Smart Connect. The mineral chips – a standalone application for backup and recovery, you can select the location for the copy, and fully customize the list of data to backup. You can also mention the applications that you want to keep. Handy thing, because in the Android backup performed using third-party programs immediately complete the application.

Walkman music player is made very beautiful, there is a customizable equalizer function ClearAudio + and other gadgets for example, editing tags, album cover, dynamic sound and the ability to subscribe to the service Music Unlimited. In combination with high-quality headphones from Sony Xperia T3 turned out quite good replacement player.

There is minimal support gestures, as well as activation of embedded sensors. For example, when an incoming call, you can lean the unit-to-face and automatically answer the call or turn the phone face down, resting on the surface, then the smart phone will automatically switch to silent mode.

Opinion Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru
In the face of rising prices for equipment already sold smartphones can be a good choice. For model A-brand price Sony Xperia C3 is not so high, 13,990 rubles (recommended), and about 12 thousand rubles – the market is comparable with large planshetofonami (5.5 inches) of other brands, for example, Huawei Honor 3X, Lenovo S856 or HTC Desire 816.

The smartphone has a slim body, support LTE, good front camera (5 MP, different effects), there is a version for 2 SIM-card and capacious battery with a really long time of operation. But Xperia C3 not familiar to fans of the brand water protection, and the main camera shoots average daylight (no exposure to tapas), although night shots quite well. Slim body and a big screen led to an increase in the scope, the smartphone is not suitable for one-handed.

Given that selfi interested mostly female audience, such a large apparatus is unlikely to have their taste, so I would not consider C3 with this position, but rather simply as planshetofon quite functional with a large screen and long battery life of the famous brand.


For a long time
Great quality screen
Slim body
5 MP front camera
High quality shooting night
Version with 2 SIM-cards

Large screen frame, wide body
No water protection
The main camera shoots average daylight


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