Sony Ericsson has announced its first Android 2.3-powered smartphone: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and it’s looking like it has potential enough to be a serious Android Smartphone contender for 2011.

Offering a massive 4.2-inch screen, the new handset also comes with some pretty significant tech packed into a very nice and stylish thin frame.

Sony claims its new ‘Reality Display’ is one, if not the, industries best, and it does offer brilliant color and extremely good refresh rates.

Sony Ericsson finally has the international Bravia brand to play with too, touting the” ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences”from the new Mobile Bravia Engine.


The camera is running the same high end specs as before: an 8.1 MP camera with HD video recording, although it’s only offering a single LED flash, which makes sense given the frame is only 8.7mm thick at its thinnest point.

The camera is also closer to ‘proper’ snappers, with Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor and a f/2.4 aperture making this a very impressive mo-pho (mobile photography) substitute.

3D gaming

Under the hood we’re seeing some decent hardware. Certainly no dual-core, but we can always dream. It contains a 1GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm chip, aGPS, 3D and motion-based gaming, DLNA and HDMI-out connectivity atop a 1500mAh battery to keep things running.

We finally have been given a closer look at the high-level camera performance of the slimline Xperia Arc and there’s also a video from Sony Ericsson that you can see below this story. The 8-megapixel camera includes a Sony sensor and f/2.4 aperture value, which makes it suitable for varying light conditions.

There is also an array of configurations available and the 720p video showing off the Xperia Arc camera improvements was also conveniently taken using another Arc. If you want to take a hands-on look at this impressive handset, then check out the video below.

We’ve also taken the liberty of attaching some sample shots taken by the Xperia Arc itself:

Not to shabby! We will be posting a full review shortly! For now, check out the press release below:

Android touch phone with super-screen

View pics and video in vivid colours with your Android touch phone. Crisp and clear on the 4.2” Reality display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

The sleek, super-slim Xperia™ arc

Start with premium materials. Stir in some beautiful curvature. Squeeze down to 8.7 mm. And there it is, a perfect palm fit: the slim, lightweight and strong Xperia™ arc.

HD phone with 8.1 megapixel camera

“Your HD phone has an Exmor R™ sensor that lets you capture high-quality movies and stills in low light. So go ahead and shoot. Then show, in stunning HD direct on your TV via the HDMI connector.


– 854×480 pixels
– 4.2″ 16,777,216 colour TFT


– microSD™ (supported to 32GB)
– Phone memory up to 512MB

* Actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration.


– GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
– UMTS/HSPA 800/850/1900/2100
– UMTS/HSPA 900/2100

Available colours

– Midnight Blue – Misty Silver

Possible limited market availability.


– 125.0 x 63.0 x 8.7 mm
– 4.9 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches


– 117.0 gr
– 4.1 oz

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Darcy LaCouvee
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