Android Phones

SE XPERIA Arc shown off on Sony product blog

January 10, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Sony Mobile

Xperia Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc impressed at CES with its sleek form factor and promising hardware – 4.2 inch screen with mobile Bravia Engine, 1 GHz processor, and Adreno 205 GPU are not too shabby. But more appealing about the device is that it’s running Sony Ericsson’s updated UX interface platform and the latest version of Android. Considering Sony’s history with updates for the X10 line, that might not hold true in the coming months; however, you might still be enticed to roll the dice.

The SE Product Blog has posted more information on the Arc and a hands-on video explaining what to expect from the Arc. Media is King on the phone, which has changed the Mediascape interface to be more customizable. Take a look at the video below and a list of comments made by SE’s Rikard Skogberg.

And going back to that whole latest version of software thing, here’s a claim made by Skogberg about the questions and comments I’m sure users expect to have about updates:

It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for XperiaTM arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner.

[Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

  • The CPU and GPU specs are: MSM8255 at 1 GHz with Adreno 205.
  • The music player does have an equalizer, my current software has 10 different genre based presets.
  • It does not have a front facing camera.
  • Mediascape is removed in its earlier form and has changed into a customizable widget based “media pane” (as shown briefly in the video)
  • It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for XperiaTM arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner.
  • I’ve seen articles around higher numbers than 2.3 being seen in the display of Xperia arc phones – As I have been informed that is due to a misconfiguration in some samples and nothing to get too excited about really, sorry.
  • It does have two microphones which will be used for noise suppression during phone calls.
  • The camera LED flash is possible to put in four different modes; Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye Reduction & Off.
  • It does have full multi touch support, I just tried a similar multi touch test app as I did in the video on the X10 and at least in that app it accepts 4 simultaneous touch points without any issues with X- and Y-axis or such things. I will try to get confirmation on final specs in regards to multi touch.
  • It does support wi-fi up to the 802.11n mode.