Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc smartphone (preview)

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc comes packed with Android 2.3 and some rather powerful looking specs

The slew of Android powerhouse phones is just beginning with the unveiling of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The first of many Xperia-branded phones to debut in 2011, the Arc sports a new display technology called the Mobile Bravia Engine. The Xperia phones have been slightly disappointing in the past due to their sluggish performance, but the Arc's specs and design make me anxious to get my hands on it.

Like the other Xperia phones, the Arc looks beautifully designed. It is also exceptionally thin (just 8.7mm at the thinnest part of its body). The 4.3in display is designed for entertainment-hence the shared name to the company's line of HDTVs.

And yes, the Arc runs the latest version of Android, Gingerbread (2.3). I knocked the Xperia X10 when it launched as it was running the dated (and slow) Android 1.6 so I was happy to hear this news. The Arc is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor so it should be a pretty speedy phone.

The Xperia also has an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 lens which enables the capture of high quality pictures and HD videos even in low light. The Arc also has an HDMI connector so you can view photos or video on your HDTV.

The Arc will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, in Q1 and will come in Midnight Blue and Misty Silver colours. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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Ginny Mies

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10 Comments

vivr

1

Never buy this phone. Because the way SE has treated its X10 series phone customer is horrendous.

After a year, imagine when Google will launch Android 4.1 or 4.2, and about to launch 5.0, this phone may be upgraded to, after missing 5-6 deadlines and after a strong reaction from all around the world, Android 3.1, and then suddenly after a month SE will declare that they no more support this phone any further, and developing a new phone called Xperia Bark.

So though this phone look stunning and the OS seems contemporary now, imagine how will you feel after a year when everyone having a HTC or Samsung phone enjoy the features of Android 4.1 or 4.2 or even 5.0 and you are stuck FOREVER with Android 3.1.

A very genuine advice: Never buy this phone if you really value your money.

beast

2

You vivr are a certified retard, dont be jealous that se puts out an outstanding phone and on top of that it being only their second generation android device and let alone the only other phone out with gingerbread intact other than nexus s. So shut your suck muscle and give it a break.

Lucas

3

VIVR your a flog, phones have a cycle life, which means they have to end at some stage, the x10 will continue to updates, just not os updates, & im pretty sure htc will be the same, motorola dont even update there phones.....

Xperia

4

VIVR u dumb indeed, there's nothing such as android 4 or 5. SE is trying to build a strong range of devices with xperia as the ones formed by HTC, and they a doing a great job hey. Dont hate

Ali

5

VIVR is absolute right and correct. Never buy any more SE smart (sluggish) phones. why, here you will find the answers.

http://www.xperiax10.net/2011/01/20/sony-ericsson-ships-9-million-xperia-handsets-in-2010/#comments

andre

6

VIVR and ALI im thinking of buying this phone now as soon as it comes out, not in a years time. If in a years time i feel that the "outdated" android gingerbread 2.3 is too slow for the so called 4.1 or 5.0 you are referring to, i will buy a new phone then. so will millions of other people. until then anything could happen. in a years time the world could end.

Tony

7

this sounds like an amazing peice of hardware... as for the future releases of android i seriously doubt the 1ghz cpu would be powerfull enough to run "4.1 or 5.0" etc nor would you probably want to run it on an older phone as the phone prob wont even have hardware features new phones have. imagine vista running with usb 1.0 or vista running on a 1ghz cpu ... be realistic ...

x10 2.1

8

Vivr is correct. X10 had 1.6 with same hardware 1Ghz snapdragon processor and 8.1mp camera. Spec on new phone are same so where is X10 2.3 only 2.1 available

Antinokia

9

You have to remember x10 2.1, Vivr and Ali that the big problem for SE at the time was Timescape and mediascape were holding back the os updates. Xperia Arc has stripped Timescape and gotten rid of Mediascape so updates will be regular. Do you really think they would update a handset (x10) with a handset that hasn't solve the number 1 complaint (updates)? That's just stupid if that was what they did. Also to note is the fact that the processor is the next generation version of X10 processor therefore improving speed and performance.

david

10

one would have to be pretty stupid to buy a SE phone, with every top of the line phone SE made in the last 5 years they failed miserably! they rush it out after announcing it months and months beforehand then after 6 months no more development or anything forcing you to buy a new phone

i made the mistake of buying a P1 ages ago, then made the mistake again buying the X10 with the promise it will get an update, after 7 months no update, when the update came it was so dodgy and they lied the screen does not support multi touch, when some developers proved it does and it works they said they will release an update and it would be the last update

Sony make nice phones but their life cycle is 6-7 months, i'm sorry SE but you won't find a sucker again

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