Sony teases launch of “selfie phone” for tomorrow


Sony’s got a smartphone event planned for tomorrow, and initially, this looked like it might not be anything more than another check-in with the Xperia Z2a, a phone that already went official last month. On its own, that wouldn’t be so interesting, but then a new component to the event started attracting attention: the idea that Sony could also introduce an all-new model, and one with a special ability to take high-quality front-facing photos – a selfie phone. Now, we see Sony itself teasing news that seems to fit with these rumors, and also get the arrival of a hands-on video that appears to depict this new hardware.

Sony shared the image above with the tagline “see your #selfies in a whole new light,” and if this isn’t hinting strongly at a selfie-optimized handset, we don’t know what is.

The phone itself is rumored to take the name Xperia C3, which would fit with the earlier voice-guided selfie mode on the Xperia C. And despite the hands-on interaction with the hardware you see below, we’re still at a loss for most of the model’s specs, though a few key details are shown off here, like a rare front-facing LED flash.

Unlike the Z2a, Sony is expected to bring the C3 to a global audience, but it seems we’ll have to wait for the company’s official announcement before any of those details reveal themselves; check back tomorrow to see what Sony had to say.

Source: ePrice HK (YouTube), Sony (Twitter)
Via: Xperia Blog

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!