After the unveiling of 6.4-inch Zperia Z Ultra and its Smartwatch 2 at the Asia Mobile Expo, Sony announced its first MediaTek powered smartphone Xperia C with a dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) capability.
Xperia C sports a 5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Sony's first chipset by the Taiwanese semiconductor company.
Other specifications include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage capacity with microSD support, 3.5mm jack slot, Bluetooth and FM Radio available as well. It touts with the famous Walkman app that gives a surround sound to music played on Sony devices. The device is available in black, white and purple colour variants.
The Xperia C will be launched in select markets soon with China Unicom (model S39h) being the first to release it in the country. India is included in the initial phase (price hasn't been disclosed but will come in the mid-range category). The smartphone is pitched against Samsung Galaxy Quattro, Micromax Canvas HD A116 and Xolo Q1000.
Sony has generally used processors from Qualcomm (sometimes ST Ericsson too) in the past and might have began using MediaTek chips to lower down the cost of its smartphones and tablets. MediaTek landed orders from not just Sony but other Indian mobile companies.