February 7, 2011
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Two of the most sought after phones set to debut in 2011 are the Motorola Atrix and the Sony Xperia Arc. We have put together a nice comparison to help you choose for yourself. Read on for more.

Display – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • If you want to get a handset with clearer screen, the Atrix is likely to be your top choice, for it features 4.0-inch LCD (540×960 pixels) TFT capacitive touch screen with 16M colors.
  • On the other hand, the Xperia Arc offers a 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD (‘Reality Display’) (480×854 pixels) capacitive touch screen with 16M colors.

Size and Weight – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • The Atrix measures 63.5 x 117.8 x 10.1mm and weighs 136g, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc measures 63.0 x 125.0 x 8.7mm and weighs at 117g.

Camera – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • If you need a phone that offers a better camera, the Xperia Arc is a better choice.. The Arcs camera features 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture.
  • The Atrix gives you 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture.

Connectivity – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • The Atrix is supports 3G networks, HSDPA and HSUPA, WiFi with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and a microUSB 2.0.
  • On the other hand, the Xperia Arc offers access to the same 3G networks, HSDPA and HSUPA, WiFi with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and a microUSB 2.1.

Performance – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • The Atrix uses Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) and comes with a vastly superior CPU, which is a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor.
  • The Xperia Arc is slated to be released with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and packs a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz processor under the hood

Storage – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • The Atrix offers 16GB storage and 1GB RAM, and has a microSD which can be expanded up to 32GB.
  • The Xperia Arc gives only 512MB internal storage, while its microSD is expandable up to 32GB.

Battery Life – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

  • The Atrix features an industry leading 1930 mAh battery type, which is able to give you 250 hours of standby time and 9 hours of talk time.
  • The Xperia Arc comes with Lithium-Polymer 1500 mAh battery type and claims to offer up to 400 hours of standby time and 7 hours of talk time.

Conclusion – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

While there is no clear winner in this Android Phone standoff, the Atrix does have the edge for a variety of reasons. With its extremely high resolution qHD display, its dual core 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and the ability to connect to smartdocks and essentially be a mobile powerhouse, it pulls well ahead of the Sony Xperia Arc. That being said, for those that value aesthetics and style, the Xperia Arc is quite tempting. It uniquely packs some serious power, with an excellent camera and a slightly bigger screen (albeit with lower resolution) into a smaller, tighter package. For that matter as well, the Xperia Arc is set to launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Decisions, decisions.

Which one would you like to be holding right now?

Detailed Spec Comparison Below:

Battery SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAhStandard battery, Lithium 1930 mAh
Capacity1500 mAh1930 mAh
Standby Time2G – 430 hours / 3G – 400 hours2G – 264 hours / 3G – 250 hours
Talk Time2G – 6 hr 55 min / 3G – 7 hrs2G – 8 hr 40 Mins / 3G – 9 hrs
TechnologyLi-PoUp to 250 h
Cellular SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Additional Features– Digital compass; – HDMI port; – MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player; – MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player; – TrackID music recognition; – NeoReader barcode scanner; – Google Search, Maps, Gmail,; YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk; – Facebook and Twitter integ– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; – Digital compass; – MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player; – 1080p MP4/H.263/H.264.WMV/Xvid/DivX @ 30 fps playback; – Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk; – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace integration;
Band2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 21002G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
SpeakerphoneYesYes
Vibrating AlertYesYes
Communicator Features SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
Connections SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Connector Type3.5 mm audio jack; v2.0 microUSB3.5 mm audio jack; microUSB
Digital Camera SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Camera Light SourceLED flashLED flash
FeaturesTouch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detectionGeo-tagging, image stabilization
Focus Adjustmentautofocusautofocus
Secondary CameraYesYes, VGA
Sensor Resolution8 megapixels5 megapixels
Still Image Resolutions3264 x 2448Yes
Video RecorderYes[email protected]
Video Recorder Features[email protected]
Digital Player SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Digital PlayerMP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player; MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV playerMP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player; Adobe Flash 10.1 player
Supported Audio FormatsMP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAVMP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+
Supported Video FormatsMP4/H.263/H.264/WMV
Audio SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Digital Player Supported Audio FormatsMP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAVMP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+
Display SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Diagonal Size4.2 inches4.0 inches
Display Resolution480 x 854 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Features– Scratch-resistant surface; – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate; – Multi-touch input method; – Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine; – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off; – Timescape/Mediascape UI– Biometric fingerprint reader; – Gorilla Glass display; – Touch sensitive controls; – MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets; – Multi-touch input method; – Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate; – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
TypeCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsTFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
General SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Announcement Date2011, January2011, January
Available Body ColorsMidnight Blue, Misty SilverBlack
Depth8.7 mm10.1 mm
Dimensions125mm x 63mm x 8.7mm116.8mm x 63.5mm x 10.1mm
Height125 mm116.8 mm
Product TypeAndroid Smartphone with dual camera, GPS navigation, multimedia playerAndroid Smartphone with dual camera, GPS navigation, multimedia player
Weight117 g136 g
Width63 mm63.5 mm
Gps System SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Gps NavigationYes, with A-GPS supportYes, with A-GPS support
Memory SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Flash Memory512 MB16 GB storage
Supported Flash Memory CardsmicroSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included1 GB RAM
Phone Memory Phone Book CapacityPractically unlimited entries and fields, PhotocallmicroSD, up to 32GB
Phone Memory Received Calls MemoryPractically unlimitedPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
Messaging Data Services SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
3gHSDPA, HSUPAHSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DPYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
EdgeYesYes
GprsYesYes
Internet BrowserHTMLHTML
Java ApplicationsYes, via third-party applicationYes, MIDP 2.0
Messaging ServicesIMIM
Mobile EmailEmail; Push emailEmail; Push Email
RadioStereo FM radio with RDSStereo FM radio with RDS
Supported Sms FunctionsSMS (threaded view); MMSSMS (threaded view); MMS
Short Messaging ServiceYesYes
UsbYes, v2.0 microUSBYes, microUSB v2.0
WlanWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, DLNAWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Organizer SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Installed GamesYesYes + downloadable
Phone Memory SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Phone Book CapacityPractically unlimited entries and fields, PhotocallPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
Received Calls MemoryPractically unlimitedPractically unlimited
Processor SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor
Ring Tones SpecificationsSony Ericsson XPERIA ArcMotorola ATRIX 4G
Ring Tone FormatsMP3, WAV ringtonesMP3, WAV ringtone
Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
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