Sony has sold one million units of the Sony Xperia C within the last three months following its launch, according to a new report that appeared in Digitimes.
This device, which touts an affordable price tag thanks to its low-cost Mediatek chipset, allows Sony to be more competitive in countries like India and China where plenty of cost-effective smartphone options are available. This is said to be the first Sony handset which features a Mediatek SoC, and could possibly not be the last, due to the smartphone’s success. It is rumored that in the coming year, Sony could release more smartphones powered by Mediatek chipsets.
To date, the Sony Xperia C is available in a limited number of countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Russia, and India.
Announced in June this year and released a month later, the Sony Xperia C is the first entry-level handset from Sony which sports a 5-inch display.
Sony Xperia C specifications
The specifications of the Sony Xperia C include a TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and 1 GB of RAM. It also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, and support for HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps and HSUPA, 11.5 Mbps. It also offers an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash, plus a secondary VGA camera. It draws its power from a Li-Ion 2390 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. This is also a dual SIM device, enabling users to choose from the more affordable plans and rates between two wireless networks.
5-inch entry level smartphones
The same Digitimes report mentions that other 5-inch entry-level handsets with prices ranging between $300-400 apart from the Sony Xperia C are also proving successful. Today, such offerings are available not only from lesser-known manufacturers, but also from large companies like Samsung, LG, and HTC. Among the handsets that are part of this group are the HTC Desire 709d, HTC Desire 7060 and HTC Desire 7088, and the LG G pro Lite. The latter, Digitimes says, is attractive, because it lets consumers enjoy features comparable to those on the LG G2 at a lower price. HTC’s devices cost $350, which is also the same price that is expected for the LG G pro Lite.