Sony Ericsson unveils sexy Xperia Arc

Although Sony's conference was filled with TV announcements, interesting 3D demonstration and the unveiling of 3D cameras, Sony Ericsson's latest smartphone offering really stole the show.

The Xperia Arc is a serious step-up in Sony Ericsson's phone arsenal, with the company taking a hard line on integrating quality tech and packaging it in an attractive wrapper.

The phone features Sony's Bravia TV technology and has been adapted to the phone form factor. This "Reality Display" is purported to be the best and brightest display on the market, and it measures 4.2 inches.

Also featured, an 8 megapixel Exmor R camera sensor with 2.46x zoom, geo-tagging and face recognition. This coupled with image stabilization and a bright flash results in best in class low light performance. The phone also includes HDMI out for photo and video output.

Storage is unfortunately limited to 512mb and an included 8GB MicroSD card, but supports up to 32GB of expansion.

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As an X10 user (Since April), I have to to chime in here for a moment. First and foremost, although the update was stupendously slow arriving, it did arrive. The Xperia X10's/Mini/Pro/X8's are on Android 2.1 at the moment. The 2.2 update is rumored to be arriving in Q2 '11.

This phone looks nice. The quality appears to be there. The X10 is a very high quality phone, something most of the Android phones on the market lack. SE uses awesome hardware in their phones, they just have a horrible habit of crippling it for stupid unnecessary reasons. For instance, if you take the time to root your phone, use the AOSP 2.1 or even the 2.2 that's been released by the community, while enabling JIT....the X10's speed (hardware wise) more than doubles.

I have no doubt SE will stupidly cripple this phone as well, but it's a moot point when you have so many people out there in the community who work hard at getting the most out of their devices, while sharing what they find with others. The Arc seems to be everything the X10 should have been as their "flasgship Android device". Guess we'll see!

nekkidtruth said,
The 2.2 update is rumored to be arriving in Q2 '11.

Looks like the rumor has been debunked. SE officially announced that 2.2 would not be coming to the X10. Idiots.

All of the Sony Xperia X10 phones have been updated to 2.x+ EXCEPT the X10a on AT&T. Even the X10a on other carriers has been updated, but AT&T is the one keeping theirs at 1.6. I guess it takes longer to cripple it for AT&T.

This is a beautiful phone, just hope it isn't likely crippled by a carrier.

Sean Bradford said,
GSM? CDMA? Carrier?

Don't be silly, SE don't make CDMA phones. As far as carrier is concerned, I would expect both an 900 MHz and an 850 MHz model just like all their other phones, at least here they are quite carrier agnostic.

Quikboy said,
Darn. I was really hoping that'd be a WP7 phone. It looks really good.

WP7 would look awesome on that device!

Hmm looks good but the 512Mb internal storage is gonna hurt it (I'm assuming it's Android) as that is all the HTC Desire has and it's a real Achilles' heel for the device. "Reality Display" really? wouldn't be taking a shot at Apple now would you Sony?

Berserk87 said,
Not a huge fan of the design.
And the last android phone they made, they never updated.

Supposedly, this is running an as-of-yet unreleased Android 2.4

Berserk87 said,
Not a huge fan of the design.
And the last android phone they made, they never updated.

Sony Ericsson is by far the worst phone company for updates XD

Berserk87 said,
Not a huge fan of the design.
And the last android phone they made, they never updated.

The X10 line was updated to 2.1. and this is it's successor. and I'm not sure I'd say the worst, they're slow but at least consistent. meanwhile HTC have so,e phones running 1.6 and some running 2.1 and some running 2.2 and there are older models running 2.1 while some newer models run 1.6...

and so far SE does make the best Android handsets, they look good, they work well, good screen, more memory than the others. still android though, I want to see what they come out with in the WP7 scene.

HawkMan said,

The X10 line was updated to 2.1. and this is it's successor. and I'm not sure I'd say the worst, they're slow but at least consistent. meanwhile HTC have so,e phones running 1.6 and some running 2.1 and some running 2.2 and there are older models running 2.1 while some newer models run 1.6...

and so far SE does make the best Android handsets, they look good, they work well, good screen, more memory than the others. still android though, I want to see what they come out with in the WP7 scene.


Wasn't there a leaked document with two wp7 phones from Sony Ericsson a while ago on neowin? They had nice specs but the styling on them was horrible.