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Review: Sony Xperia C3 Dual D2502, Dual SIM Quad-core for Selfie Lovers

 

Selfie photo trend seems to be a serious concern Sony Mobile to expand the market share. Naturally, if Sony Mobile also launched a smartphone for selfie lovers as competitors which had already released before. For this new segment, Sony presents Xperia C3 Dual.

Design

156 x 78.5 x 7.6 mm, 150 grams, full touchscreen, 3.5 mm audio port; SIM card slot, power/lock key, volume control, shutter button, mic port; microSD slot, microUSB port

Compared previous series, Xperia C, this smartphone is a little bigger but has a slim body and uses a little better materials so it’s not too heavy.

For character of design, the Xperia C3 Dual retains the typical structure of previous series which adopt the body concept of the latest Xperia family with omni balance design at each corner.

Unlike Xperia C which its back cover can be opened, the Xperia C3 Dual actually applies a unibody design. It’s also seen from the placement of the keys and a special slot on the side of the body. The SIM card slot on the Xperia C3 Dual is shaped long and fused in a single hole for two SIM cards and it’s interesting.

As most of the latest Xperia lineup, Sony Xperia C3 Dual also provides a special button to reset the smartphone if it’s error at any time. Its Position is at the top side of the SIM card slot which marked with the words “OFF”.

Display, Operating System and UI

IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16 million colors, 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches, 267 ppi pixel density, multi-touch, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Triluminos, Android 4.4.2 KitKat

As mentioned before, the Xperia C3 Dual is a little bigger with 5.5-inch screen size but has a higher level of specification than the Xperia C and also uses IPS technology making a wider angle for users. Xperia C3 Dual also uses triluminos screen resolution with the BRAVIA Engine 2 technology included in the category of HD, High Definition, to show a clear and sharp image but some of the competitors already used a 1080p HD full screen in the same class.

As Xperia T3, this smatphone’s screen can also be accessed smoothly even when you use gloves with Glove mode.

With a wide screen and good enough technology, Xperia C3 Dual surely will be easy to access each feature or KitKat application. Even the display screen in the default homescreen position is not only shaped portrait but you can also enjoy it in landscape mode like a tablet.

Camera

8 MP Primary Camera, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR, Panorama, 1080p video recorder, video stabilization, 5 MP Secondary Camera, 720p video, LED flash, Sony Exmor RS

This is the main advantage of Xperia C3 Dual. This smartphone is specifically intended for Selfie lovers. There are two cameras on the front and the back which can be used for Selfie photo. About the quality with a 8 MP resolution in primary camera, the image results will be felt standard for typical in middle class phone. Luckily, Xperia C3 Dual has a variety of the latest feature like in their flagship smartphone such as Superior Auto, AR effects, Picture Effect, Timeshift Burst, Sweep panorama, Portrait retouching and Life Social. Xperia C3 Dual’s camera also includes HDR feature, Steady Shot, Smile shutter, image stabilizer and Face Registration.

Besides using the standard shutter button on the side of the body, you can also use touch capture mode to take photos. Otherwise the primaryand secondary camera can be used for video recording. The primary camera supports 1080p full HD resolution while 720p video HD in the secondary camera.

Especially for selfie, 5 MP camera on the front of this phone is also supported by LED flash to help users for additional lighting. You can also use the self-timer mode for selfie image capture easily, Portrait retouch to transform selfie photos with 10 different beauty styles, DECO-frames add and also magic eye beam effects before taking photos.

The Results of Primary Camera

The Results of Secondary Camera

Hardware and Benchmark

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Processor, Cortex-A7, Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal Storage, up to 32 GB External, Li-Ion 2500 mAh Battery

In this sector, Xperia C3 Dual also brings improved specification then Xperia C. The first selfie phone of Sony Mobile phone is strong enough. If previous series use MediaTek chipsets Xperia C3 uses 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon which claimed to be stronger in spite of using 1.2 GHz clockspeed all of them.

8 GB internal memory of Xperia C3 Dual’s capacity divides into several parts_5.10 GB device memory can be used for applications, photos, audio video and otherwise and than other space is allocated to the system.

For overall performance, the results of severat times experiments recorded that Xperia C3 Dual has 17 809 for Antutu score but the position is still under the Nexus 4 and the Lenovo K900, 8812 for Quadrant score and 57.8 fps for Graphics.

The Result of Benchmark Comparison

Connectivity

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual standby, dual call), Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSDPA Quadband (850/900/1900/2100), GPRS Up to 107 kbps, EDGE Up to 296 kbps, 42 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, NFC, v4.0 Bluetooth with A2DP, v2.0 microUSB, GPS / A-GPS with GLONASS

As the Xperia Tipo, E dual, M and Xperia C, Sony Xperia C3 Dual also offers the ability for Dual SIM or Dual Standby / Dual Call. It’s mean that both of SIM cards are always on. Even there’s feature to move incoming call to another SIM card when the SIM is out of area.

For you who want to show phone’s screen display to another device such as a TV or home theater, Xperia C3 Dual also provides a feature, Media Server, integrated with a WiFi connection and also for you who like surfing internet, this smartphone supports almost all connection facilities such as the data network and wireless connection.

With high speed internet access, Xperia C3 Dual can be used for browsing, chatting and enjoying other social media services fluently. Unfortunately, the 3G / HSDPA network can only be enjoyed in the main SIM card slot, SIM 1, while the SIM 2 slot only supports GSM / GPRS and also Xperia C3 Dual D2502 doesn’t support 4G LTE network.

Stranger

  • 5 MP secondary camer for Selfie, interesting feature and LED flash
  • 5.5 inch 720p HD display
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor
  • Dual SIM

Weakness

  • SIM 2 doesn’t support 3G
  • Not available for 4G LTE
  • The price is somewhat expensive

Conclusion

The prime special mobile phone for selfie lovers made ​​by Sony could be an interesting option. Not only does this smartphone support a variety of the latest features supporting selfie photo with large resolution of secondary camera but also the performance is strong enough to play games, watch videos and help work. The result of camera can be directly shared into social media and made more beautiful by editing feature before.

Unfortunately, only the SIM 1 card slot supports 3G / HSDPA while SIM 2 is on GSM / GPRS and also this smartphone doesn’t support 4G LTE network. This smartphone is also more expensive than the competitors supporting 4G LTE.

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