Jul 07 AT 5:59 PM Edgar Cervantes 10 Comments

Video: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc now available unlocked/off-contract in the U.S.

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Most were expecting Sony Ericsson to announce the famous Xperia Play last January during CES. While the “PlayStation Phone” did not live up to the hype, Sony Ericsson wasn’t short on announcements. One of Sony Ericsson’s most notable devices for 2011 is definitely the Xperia Arc. It’s been popping up everywhere around the world, except the U.S. But the waiting has ended, and this device is finally available for sale stateside via Sony’s online store.

The next details may come as great news to some, but may be a horrible idea to others. The device is only available off-contract (for now), but it is unlocked to use with your GSM carrier of choice. (Not like there are many options). It must be noted this device does come with AT&T’s 3G bands, so it’ll only work on EDGE if used with T-Mobile. With that said, you’ll have to give up $599.99 if you want to be the proud owner of a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Specifications

  • 4.2-inch display, powered by BRAVIA Engineâ„¢, 854 x 480 pixels (WVGA)
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm® QSD8255 Snapdragonâ„¢ processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GB of internal storage / 8 GB microSD card (supports up to 32 GB)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi® 802.11b/g/n, and DLNA
  • 8.1 megapixel with auto focus, 2x smart zoom, aperture f/2.4, Sony “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, face & smile detection technology, face recognition, flash/LED, geo tagging1, HD video recording (720p), image and video stabilizer, touch focus, red-eye reduction, scene detection, self-timer, touch capture, video light, send to web function (photo and video upload)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 800 (Band VI)/ 850 (Band V)/1900 (Band II)/2100 (Band I), Wi-Fi® 802.11b/g/n

Despite Sony Ericsson’s disappointing history with the Android platform, they have committed to substantially improving their new devices. That’s something we can see with smartphones like the Xperia Arc and Play. As you’ve probably noticed, the specs aren’t perfect. But they do beat the competition in certain areas. In fact, Sony Ericsson’s devices are now coming with Android 2.3 out of the box, while other manufacturers are still throwing Froyo at us.

One of the most notable features of this device is definitely the camera, as evidenced in the long list of features the camera itself has. Our very own Nick Gray already covered the Xperia Arc’s camera performance, and this is something the device does not fall short on.

It’s definitely a good device, especially with the camera that it boasts (among some other good features), but is it worth $600? The price may be a bit too high, especially with the Samsung Nexus S priced at $530 off-contract and unlocked, as well. But AT&T customers just might pay that much for 3G speeds, so there’s definitely a market for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Check out Sony Ericsson’s overview of the device (embedded below), and let us know what you think of this phone. Are any of you purchasing it? Do you think this device’s camera is better than the myTouch 4G Slide’s? Would you choose the Xperia Arc over the Nexus S?

Via: Engadget

Source: Sony

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • https://plus.google.com/117963626897421403503/about Scott Beamer

    If It the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II, I’d grab it. It’s a nice looking piece of hardware. But it’s specs are otherwise too weak for me.

    • http://Website TWiT Commander

      The SGS2 costs $700.

      Why doesn’t the blog post mention that the bootloader is unlockable because the device is being sold directly by Sony with no carrier branding?

  • http://Website CARLO PIMP

    ITS UGLY, BUT ITS THE PERFECT PHONE FOR HOOD RATS!

    • http://Website chris

      The name Carlo Pimp sounds like a hood rat.

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    i dont like the look of sony phones

  • http://Website jose

    this phone is nicely designed and well made plus the screen with bravia engine makes it awesome better than samsungs plus screens in my opinion..sony always been better at that..

  • http://Website Alfredo II.

    butt ugly -designed by asian hookers?

  • http://Website themanwithsauce

    I actually like the xperia play. I bought one off contract as a “sidegrade” for my OG droid while I wait for something better. I like when companies go a bit out of the way for something special but the Xperia ARC is just too….plain? I mean if it only works on AT&T it’s up against the infuse and Atrix…Both phones that are much better spec wise. A good camera isn’t worth 600$ to me…I’d just buy a camera on the side for 100$ to take good pcitures when I need to.

    You can call them gimmicks but features like the PLAY’s controller buttons or the Evo3D’s….3D are what give us choice in the market and grow the android platform as a whole. Phones like the ARC often get lost in the shuffle when they’re only on one network.

  • http://Website Nick

    Most of you know that I’m a huge HTC fan, but I have to say that I’d give the XPERIA Acr a shot if I was on AT&T. Out of all the phones that were unveiled at CES, the Arc was at the top of my list. SE’s new UI has quite a few welcome improvements and the phone itself is extremely snappy.

  • Scotter

    512MB RAM, single core, 854×480 resolution. Sounds like 2010 to me.