Jan 06 AT 2:48 PM Sean Riley 13 Comments

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc officially announced

Sony Ericsson doesn’t have the best track record with Android users at the moment with their devices launching with horribly out-of-date versions of the OS, and then missing update timelines. There is some hope that they are ready to break from that mold with the Xperia Arc launching with Android 2.3.

Most that have handled the phones agree that the hardware itself is quite nice and the now officially announced Xperia Arc doesn’t disappoint in that department either. As we heard previously, the Arc has managed to slim down to a crazy 8.7mm which wrests the title from the Samsung Infuze 4G’s now obese looking 9mm. The back of the device is concave which makes the phone seem even thinner than its already slim dimensions suggest.

The screen is identified by Sony Ericsson as a “reality display,” running a Mobile BRAVIA Engine and, excusing their bit of hyperbole, it is definitely an amazing looking display. At 4.2 inches they are striking new ground between the Droid X/Evo and the Galaxy S devices, and with its incredibly thin profile, it should fit in even the slimmest fitting jean pockets.

Sony Ericsson has a solid camera pedigree and they aren’t disappointing with the Arc. It sports an 8.1 MP camera powered by Sony’s Exmor R mobile sensor, which Sony claims offers the equivalent of an f/2.4 lens, which as any of the photographers/videographers in the audience will know, means better low light performance.

The rest of the specs are fairly standard with a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and 512 MB of RAM. Given the available bands this should be coming to AT&T stateside.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website jose

    Good phone I like the way it looks and the bravia screen but should of made it dual core with tegra 2…I’m just waiting for the pspphone to get announced..

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    Quite a stunner. I’m curious to see how the Bravia screen is received.

  • http://Website Westy

    I love the look of Sony phones. They also always have real solid hardware BUT,

    1) takes to long to come to the states
    2)Horrible with upgrading software look at what they are doing to the X10
    3) Usually extremely expensive

    • cobaltleo

      Westy, the X10 isn’t bad at all, I just got one for christmas. its a nice solid feeling phone and the upgrade is available from sony. I couldn’t get mine to work so i just flashed mine with the global 2.1 update. didn’t take long and every thing is running flawlessly.

  • http://Website Tad

    “the Arc has managed to slim down to a crazy 8.7mm which wrests the title from the Samsung Infuze 4G’s now obese looking 9 mm”

    “At 4.2 inches they are striking new ground between the Droid X/Evo and the Galaxy S devices and with its incredibly thin profile it should fit in even the slimmest fitting jean pockets.”

    Ignoring the terrible grammar throughout the article, at what point did the average AAM reader become a skinny-pants Sony enthusiast? Skip your own hyperbole and stick to the facts next time.

  • http://Website 4G or Not To 4G

    Since Sony just annoucned that the X10 will go no further then 2.1, I have no use for them

  • http://Website 4G or Not To 4G

    If they are not willing to support the upgrades, the should just contract CyanogenMod to do their software:)

  • IceCrush

    As an x10 owner, all I want to say is, this phone is very sexy, DON’T GET IT !
    I wish this words here will be seen by SE to know how satisfied their customers are.

  • http://Website tuner520@xda

    As with other x10 owners, no way I’m buying the Arc. I shudder at the words “Bravia Engine” and what proprietary software and hardware drivers Sony used to screw up the perfectly evolved android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

  • http://Website Jk

    I hope this phone goes to At&t, since d xperia x10 is already in there. Yeah..?

  • http://Website Rahul R Verma

    Being bitten by the Xperia X10 treatment by Sony Ericsson. I will never suggest anyone to buy an android phone made by SE.
    People who are considering to buy it just do some research on what they did with X10.
    Buy only if you never ever want to customize your phone.

    NO Sony Ericsson Devices Ever.

  • cobaltleo

    May be my next upgrade if x10 us damaged or lost.

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