Jan 07 AT 7:36 PM Nick Gray 37 Comments

Hands-on with the SONY Ericsson XPERIA Arc

Here at CES, we’ve had the chance to play with quite a few new handset which will be hitting the market within the next few months, but the one I’m personally most excited about is the SONY Ericsson XPERIA Arc. No, it does not feature a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but it was the only new handset we have seen at the show that’s already running Android 2.3.

SONY’s UX interface has gotten quite a few new enhancements, and SONY has even gone out of their way to allow users to control their media apps (gallery, music, and video player) with your SONY TV remote while the Arc is connected via HDMI. But the real reason that I’m so excited about the XPERIA Arc is the overall handset hardware design.

As we’ve posted before, the SONY Ericsson XPERIA Arc an insanely thin 8.7mm body which arches out towards the top and bottom of the handset. While most other Android phone manufacturers have switched, SONY is still sticking to their their 3 hardware button (Back, Home, and Menu) layout. The only thing that we’re not too psyched about is the fact that SONY Ericsson chose to place the 3.5mm headphone jack on the side of the XPERIA Arc rather than the top or bottom.

We could go on and on about the XPERIA Arc, but we though it would be better let you watch a few videos that we shot while at the SONY booth.

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This last video shows Angry Birds running full-screen via HDMI-out on the SONY Ericsson XPERIA Arc.  Let’s see if any of you can identify which Android and Me writer gets overly excited near the end of the clip. Let us know who you think it is in the comments.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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