Aug 31 AT 12:10 PM Edgar Cervantes 11 Comments

IFA: Sony Ericsson announces beefed up Xperia Arc S, release coming October


IFA has begun and all the goodies are starting to show up. One of the main players to take the stage is Sony Ericsson, and they’ve just announced a new device: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.

As you can imagine, this is a beefed up version of the original Xperia Arc. Improvements include a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and an 8.1 MP camera. Sony Ericsson is known for good camera quality, and this device does not lag behind.

The Xperia Arc S camera comes packed with an Exmor R sensor. This camera seems to be the same one the older version carries, but it actually comes with a very interesting new feature. It now includes a 3D Sweep Panorama mode that allows you to take 2D panoramic pictures and transform them into 3D.

As you would expect, the rest of the specs look to be the same as the original Xperia Arc. This includes a 4.2-inch display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of internal storage with an 8 GB microSD card .(Supports cards of up to 32 GB).

Sony Ericsson has announced that the Xperia Arc will be available this October (globally) in five colors. If you want to differentiate yourself from the crowd, your options will be: Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink.

The changes are not revolutionary, but that processor should bring an extra boost to your experience. We do wish that Sony Ericsson had announced a new device, though, and not just an upgrade to a current smartphone. For more details, take a look at the press release and images posted below. We’d love to hear what you think. Are you getting your hands on one of these? If you’re a current Xperia Arc owner, are you satisfied with your device? Is it worth it to upgrade to this one?

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Show Press Release
Sony Ericsson unveils its fastest entertainment experiences to date with Xperiaâ„¢ arc S
31 August 2011

Xperiaâ„¢ arc S has a powerful 1.4 Ghz processor delivering up to 25% faster entertainment compared to Xperia arc â„¢
Winner of the EISA award “European Camera Phone 2011-2012″*

31st August 2011, Berlin, Germany — Sony Ericsson today unveiled Xperiaâ„¢ arc S at Sony’s press conference in conjunction with IFA in Berlin. Taking the award-winning sleek design from Xperia arc*,the latest addition to the Xperiaâ„¢ family has a processor upgraded to 1.4Ghz, Sony 3D sweep panorama technology and access to the Sony Entertainment Network services — “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited”**. Xperiaâ„¢ arc S features 25% faster camera start up and media conversion , along with 20% faster web page rendering compared to Xperiaâ„¢ arc***.

Consumers with a 2011 Xperiaâ„¢ smartphone are now able to enjoy “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited” subject to market availability**:

“Music Unlimited” has a global catalogue of over 10 million unique songs**** with access to your personal music library and ad free radio channels across multiple devices.
“Video Unlimited” (currently exclusive to Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢) is the ultimate source for the latest Hollywood blockbusters, all-time classics, and TV shows from all major studios.

Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson said: “Xperiaâ„¢ arc S is the fastest and most entertaining Xperiaâ„¢ to date and it clearly demonstrates how the Xperiaâ„¢ family are the best smartphones to experience great entertainment services such as Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited.”

In addition to these services, Xperiaâ„¢ arc S includes best-in-class Sony technology such as 3D sweep panorama. 3D sweep panorama images can be captured and then viewed by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.

Xperiaâ„¢ arc S also has a visually brilliant 4.2″ Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, an 8.1mp camera with HD video capability and Sony’s award winning Exmor Râ„¢ for mobile image sensor that enhances still images and videos even in low light conditions.

Consumers also have access to a uniquely social entertainment experience of sharing and discovery with Facebook inside Xperiaâ„¢, plus the extensive world of Android with over 250,000 applications.

Xperiaâ„¢ arc S at a glance:

Super fast 1.4 GHz processor
3D and 2D sweep panorama photography
8.1 MP camera with Exmor Râ„¢ for mobile image sensor
4.2″ Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Latest Androidâ„¢ platform Gingerbread 2.3

Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ arc S will be available globally in selected markets from Q4 2011.
For full details all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog:

* Xperiaâ„¢arc S and Xperiaâ„¢ arc are winners of the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award for European Camera Phone 2011-2012. Xperiaâ„¢ arc is also the winner of the prestigious red dot Product Design Award 2011

** Availability of Sony Entertainment Network services:

“Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited” are expected to become available on Xperiaâ„¢ arc S and launch timing will vary by region. Customers will be notified when services are available.
Markets for Video Unlimited: USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Australia, Canada and Japan
Markets for Music Unlimited: USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand

*** Based on internal tests.
**** The number of songs available from this catalogue varies by region


Pure White
Midnight Blue
Misty Silver
Gloss Black
Sakura Pink

Facts 1)2)

Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 117 grams
Operating system: Googleâ„¢ Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
Processor: 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255


3D sweep panorama
8.1 megapixel camera
16x smart zoom
Aperture f/2.4
Auto focus
Face detection
Face recognition
Geo tagging
HD video recording (720p)
Image stabiliser
Red-eye reduction
Scene detection
Send to web
Smile detection
Sony Exmor Râ„¢ for mobile image sensor
Sweep panorama
Touch capture
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
Video stabiliser


Album art
Bluetoothâ„¢ stereo (A2DP)
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNowâ„¢ service
Sony Ericsson Music Player
TrackIDâ„¢ music recognition
xLOUDâ„¢ Loudness Enhancement Technology


Android Marketâ„¢
Googleâ„¢ search
Google Voiceâ„¢ Search
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)


Call list
Conference calls
Facebookâ„¢ application
Facebook inside Xperiaâ„¢ 2.0
Google Talkâ„¢
Noise Shield
Polyphonic ringtones
Sony Ericsson Timescapeâ„¢
Twitterâ„¢ (Timescapeâ„¢integration)*
Vibrating alert


Google Mailâ„¢
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)


Auto rotation
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Live wallpaper
Picture wallpaper
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Screenshot capturing
Swipe to write
Touch screen


* This service may not be available in every market

3D games
Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
Media browser
Motion gaming
Video Unlimited
Music Unlimited
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Video streaming


Alarm clock
Document readers
Flight mode
Google Calendarâ„¢
Google Gallery 3D
Infinite button
Setup guide
Widget manager


3.5 mm audio jack
Bluetoothâ„¢ technology
DLNA Certifiedâ„¢
Google Latitudeâ„¢
Google Mapsâ„¢ with Street View
HDMI support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
Synchronisation via Facebookâ„¢
Synchronisation via Google Syncâ„¢
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®
USB mass storage
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality


16,777,216 colour TFT
Capacitive multi-touch
4.2 inches
854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass


Phone memory (user-free): Up to 320MB
Memory card support: microSDâ„¢, up to 32GB


UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

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

Battery life

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 7 hrs 25 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 460 hrs*

Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs 35 min*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 460 hrs*

Music listening time: Up to 37 hrs*
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 25 min*

In the kit

Xperiaâ„¢ arc S
Removable battery
Stereo portable handsfree
8GB microSDâ„¢ memory card
Micro USB cable for charging
Synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation

*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage

1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.

Via: Engadget

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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  • JAGDrummer

    Whatever happened to technology like the Sony Ericsson Aino: that allows you to control and see your ps3 from anywhere? I don’t see why they don’t add that to the Xperia line. I know I would be all over that phone.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      I was just thinking the same recently. I mean, they already do something similar with the PSP, too! It would also be cool if there was an integrated way of controlling your VAIO computer, Bluray players, stereos, etc. All from the cloud.

  • kazahani

    I’m just glad that Sony embraced microSD and dropped their proprietary MemoryStick Micro.

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  • Nathan

    Well it a nice phone but it isn’t that spectacular to say the least.

  • iamXiV92a

    It’s a good looking device no doubt, but I wonder if any previous Arc owners are miffed at Sony’s “Not-so-new-phone-update”?

  • Dr.Carpy

    My problem is that 8GB. C’mon Sony! For a device that could potentially be tied in with your console 16GB should be the ground floor. Nice to have several colors to choose from though…

  • dmeetris

    why dont sprint never get any sony phones???

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  • Sony Ericsson Arc

    I hope it will be cool like my arc :)

  • danielmi

    I have an Arc S and have tried the Arc. to be honest they are very similar they look the same feel the same, both work very smoothly. Battery life is comparable as well. The S gets the extra oomph and the 3D sweep mode for the camera.
    The Timescape UI is pretty nice as well, smooth and clean. Having had several smartphones along the year including an Iphone 3g, its the Os that makes the difference more than the hardware.