Jan 26 AT 10:07 AM Nick Gray 18 Comments

SONY Ericsson XPERIA X12 Arc pre-order page goes LIVE, launching April 1st for £459.99

Say what you want about the SONY Ericsson XPERIA X12 Arc, but that’s not going to keep SE from releasing the handset.  Play.com has just posted their pre-order page for the handset, with an expected launch date of April 1st.  The price for the XPERIA X12 Arc is set at £459.99 (roughly $725 including tax) which is only £10 more than the similarly equipped HTC Desire HD.  Don’t be surprised if more pre-order pages for the SONY Ericsson XPERIA X12 Arc start popping up over the next few days.

We know SONY Ericsson has gotten off to a rough start, but let’s give them a little credit.  The revamped UI, improved camera, and curved design certainly help set the Arc apart from the competition.  Adding to that, the XPERIA X12 Arc is currently the only Android phone expected to launch with Android 2.3 already loaded up.  SE may not have the best track record when it comes to upgrades, but this time around they’ll have at least a six month head start over Motorola, Samsung, and LG.

Source: Play.com

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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  • http://Website oscillik

    i wouldn’t put too much confidence in Play’s preorders – they have been known to jump the gun on preorders in the past, and then push the release date back (on more than one occasion too).

    on a side note, i think the design for the Arc looks very stupid – but then i’m all for function over form. It is perfectly understandable to have a curved glass panel (as on the Nexus S), but a curved back?

  • GuniGuGu

    The arc is gorgeous.. but wtf? making us wait until april for last generations hardware?? not a fan… why would you pass on the nexus s which you can buy now and will definitely get all the updates for this?

    Does this even have a gyro, nfc or ffc?

    • http://Website dontbuysamsung

      dude you think the nexus will come with updates your wrong do yourself a favor buy the moto atrix or the sony ive got a captivate and still since nov. have not recieved one update on it

  • http://Website O-KEYdohKEY

    I may be the only person on the planet (or at least this site) who thinks that the XPERIA Arc will be a great phone. I know it’s not the most powerful device out there and many of you consider the Second Generation 1GHz Qualcomm processor quite old (even though it’s only been on the market for 3-4 months), but the phones design and camera are the main selling point for me.

    I’m doing quite fine with my stock DROID, so the XPERIA Arc will be an amazing upgrade for me. Stock Android is nice, but it’s missing a lot of the refinement that SONY, HTC, and others have put into their UIs.

    The main thing that I’m worried about is OSNY Ericsson’s distribution in the U.S. Right now they seem to be tied to AT&T which mean I may have to switch over from Verizon. Boooo!

    • chris0101

      It really depends on your priorities. Mine are specs, a great display, and likelihood of getting custom ROMs, especially Cyanogenmod. I also prefer phones with physical keyboards.

      But then again, that’s why we are on Android – many phones to pick from.

    • http://Website Ronald

      If you buy the global/international version, it’ll be unlocked for all services, so you won’t be limited to only AT&T. Right now, i’m using an overseas version of the Sony X10i on the AT&T network. My family wants to change to the Verizon network, so i asked him a question regarding my overseas phone. According to the verizon salesman, he said the phone is possible to be used on the verizon network but ONLY the overseas version (because AT&T refused to give out the American Unlock code back then). FYI, the overseas version is unlocked to be used for ALL carriers. ^^

  • http://Website DB

    Why are cell phones sold overseas $200 or more dollars than in the US? Totally ignorant on the subject, just wondering.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      It’s just the way that the currency converts. You can never tell what a phone will cost in the U.S. based on it’s overseas pricing.

      • chris0101

        Based on historical conversions, we’re looking at the ballpark of $500-$600 USD/CAD. Even after factoring in VAT, electronics have always been more expensive if you convert currencies in Europe.

    • http://Website Nick

      Keep in mind that the UK has a 17.5% VAT (Value Added Tax) included in the price. Take that away and you’re left with a price discrepancy of $100-150. Other factors like import tax also play a significant role in the final product price.

      While unlocked phone typically sell for more in Europe, their subsidized pricing simply can’t be beat. The Arc will probably be picked up by a few carriers which will most likely give the phone away for free with a new two year contract. That’s essentially a $725 discount!

      • http://Website oscillik

        VAT here in the UK is now 20%

    • http://Website Ronald

      Phones are expensive overseas because phones there are NOT linked to contracted carriers. This means that phones are unlocked there and can be used for ANY carrier. Furthemore, phone users there can switch carriers ANYTIME. Why are phones cheaper in the US? That’s because you sign a 2 year contract. If you try to break the contract by cancelling it, there’s a $100 fee, which is more or less paying for the phone itself. The only problem is – phones are updated CONSTANTLY, so if you’re satisfied with having the same phone for 2 years, it’s worth it. Does my explanation help solve your question about the phone pricing?
      Basically, if you ask ANY USA carrier to buy the phone itself WITHOUT the contract, the prices would be quite similar.

  • http://Website Spencer

    The only phone to launch with 2.3 huh? What about the Nexus S??? And by the time it launches I’m fairly confident the Nexus One will have been updated to 2.3 as well…

  • http://Website bambang

    with that price I absolutely go for HTC Desire HD than Xperia Arc,
    since i had bad experience with Android SE Phone… thus i’m not gonna buy any SE Android phone ever again.

    • http://Website Ronald

      I can’t agree more. Sony Ericsson clearly let us down for those who supported their first Android phone. No multitouch and no updates after 2.1 was sad, esp for those US customers who JUST signed a 2 year contract.

  • http://Website Cocoa

    This phones success is going to depend on the cost…………….It is the same with the HTC incredible s and it is out with a pretty big price tag. Too much for a single core. If the Arc comes out wih a better price tag, I know i will definately buy this…………

  • http://Website daniel

    @ ronald you have no idea I’m locked into my contract guess what? Still waiting for 2.1 yes jaws dropping still on 1.6 wtf the reason they won’t allow an update is this phone is hspa+ capable at&t would rather die than to give us that speed and tethering capabilities built in and the 2.3 x10 update for non branded phones big slap in the face

  • http://www.squidoo.com/sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-x12- Sony ericsson xperia arc x12

    i wanna have one