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Posted by Phoner

Xperia™ arc combines stunning design with Sony technology on Android™ platform version 2.3
Newest addition to the Xperia™ range delivers visual brilliance and the ultimate multimedia experience
January 5, 2011, Las Vegas, USA – Sony Ericsson today unveils the new Xperia™ arc smartphone with cutting edge Sony technology and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android™ platform – 2.3. Xperia™ arc is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011.


Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We’re starting strong in 2011 by introducing our most exciting Xperia™ product yet. Xperia™ arc combines state-of-the-art Sony technology with breathtaking design to entertain and wow consumers. All on the latest Android™ release.”

Xperia™ arc takes the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known for to a new level. Super slim and light, Xperia™ arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has a extra wide 4.2” multi-touch screen. Created from premium materials and with a stunning arc body, this smartphone is sleek, strong and designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand. The best of Sony technology is inside Xperia™ arc. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Furthermore, Sony’s award-winning Exmor R™ for mobile sensor with the f/2.4 lens enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector.

Xperia™ arc will launch on the latest version of the Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available on the Android market. Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast Internet to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc – Key features

Slim, lightweight and strong, with perfect ergonomics
Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile: for best-in-class low-light photography and video capture
8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q1 in the colours Midnight Blue and Misty Silver.

Check out the Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonymobile.com/products/

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc at a glance

Camera

8.1 megapixel camera
Up to 2.46x smart zoom
Aperture f/2.4
Auto focus
Face detection
Flash/LED
Geo tagging
Image stabilizer
Noise suppression
Send to web
Smile detection
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor
Touch Focus
Touch capture
Video light
Video recording, HD 720p
Music

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition application
* This service may not be available in every market
Web

Bookmarks
Google™ search
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)
Communication

Call list
Conference calls
Facebook™ application*
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Speakerphone
Vibrating alert
* This service may not be available in every market
Messaging

Conversations
Email
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Auto rotate
Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)
Picture wallpaper
Reality display
Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Touchscreen
Wallpaper animation
Entertainment
* This service may not be available in every market

3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
Radio (FM)
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™ *
Organiser

Android™ OS
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Document readers
Flight mode
Infinite button
Phone book
Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack
aGPS
Bluetooth™ technology
Google Maps™
HDMI
Modem
DLNA
USB mass storage
USB support
Wi-Fi™
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *
* This service may not be available in every market
Google™ services*
* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client
Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google Gallery 3D™
Google Latitude™
Google Maps™ with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google Music Player™
Google Phone-top Search
Google Search widget
Google Sync™
Google Talk™
Google Voice Search
Set-up Wizard
YouTube™
Screen

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

In-Box:
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
Battery (1500mAh)
Stereo portable handsfree
Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
User documentation
Facts

Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 117 grams
Phone memory: Up to 512 MB
Memory card support: up to 32 GB
Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB
Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3
Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm
Availability and versions

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

Colour

Midnight Blue
Misty Silver



[ This Message was edited by: Phoner on 2013-01-22 13:49 ]



Posted by laffen
That was quick. Looks good

Posted by luwi
sooooooooo sexy! rocks our world again!



Posted by tranced
This is a little bit of the Press Release. The other part was mentioned by phoner already.

06 January 2011
  • Xperia arc combines stunning design with Sony technology on Android platform version 2.3
  • Newest addition to the Xperia range delivers visual brilliance and the ultimate multimedia experience
January 5, 2011, Las Vegas, USA Sony Ericsson today unveils the new Xperia arc smartphone with cutting edge Sony technology and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android platform - 2.3. Xperia arc is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011.

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, Were starting strong in 2011 by introducing our most exciting Xperia product yet. Xperia arc combines state-of-the-art Sony technology with breathtaking design to entertain and wow consumers. All on the latest Android release.

Xperia arc takes the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known for to a new level. Super slim and light, Xperia arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has a extra wide 4.2 multi-touch screen. Created from premium materials and with a stunning arc body, this smartphone is sleek, strong and designed to fit perfectly in the users hand. The best of Sony technology is inside Xperia arc. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Furthermore, Sonys award-winning Exmor R for mobile sensor with the f/2.4 lens enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector.

Xperia arc will launch on the latest version of the Android platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available on the Android market. Xperia smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast Internet to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.



[ This Message was edited by: tranced on 2011-01-06 02:56 ]


Posted by c96sthl
Bravia was mentioned in the product details but now its more like XPERIA is the main thing for mobile phone and Bravia is just something to enchance it.

its not the same approach for SE in their Japan line up which will focus...BRAVIA and seldom or non XPERIA being highlight except for X10

Posted by aldrinus
wow... this Xperia simply rocks!

Exmor-R and Bravia in one neat package!

Posted by KU
droid bionic is AMAZING , but ugly and I won't see it before a long time since there is no 4G in france (isn't it ?) and xperia arc is coming in march for Japan and only april in europe, That's unfair


Posted by tranced
What I'm afraid of is the possibility of cracks and in the worst scenario, breaking it.

Posted by Platia1
Music Player looks pretty nice, here's for an Equaliser and Gapless Playback (I think an Equaliser has to be in it as the standard Google Music Player has one in Gingerbread, therefore any replacements have to incorporate the same features)

Posted by smclion102
looks sexyy...

Posted by tranced
I can't see a pico projecto, can you?

Posted by Bankai123
Simply wow. As much as i think this phone is amazing i'm afraid that our love cannot be The reason being that my carrier T-Mobile USA requires the 1700/2100 frequencies for 3G and they're nowhere to be mentioned in the press release.

Posted by goldenface
Bloody amazing. Amazing design and having the latest Android version will shut a lot of whingers and moaners up PLUS available in Q1 - in the next 12 weeks?

I can't wait to get my hands on one, I'm so excited I could burst

Seriously, it's the best looking phone out there.

Posted by tranced
@Bankai123: UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

Posted by goldenface



[ This Message was edited by: goldenface on 2011-01-06 04:32 ]


Posted by tranced
Timescape?

Posted by Bankai123

On 2011-01-06 05:21:30, tranced wrote:
@Bankai123: UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100



I know but it's missing the 1700mhz frequency. It needs to have both. My X10i has them so i was hoping that this one would too but NOPE. Now i gotta wait to see what happens with the Zeus/Xperia Play.

Posted by goldenface
Edit: spec list now copied to first post
[ This Message was edited by: goldenface on 2011-01-06 17:43 ]


Posted by Muhammad-Oli
Love the design on this one but I'm not sure it's a big enough step from the X10 for me to upgrade. Sure the improvements would be nice, but in terms of features I would use, there's not much new here.

I was going to criticise the very low placement of the physical keys on the front, but then I looked at my X10 and realised I have been using a phone with similar key placement for the last few months with no problems.

Posted by Ricky D
In the videos it looks good but I can't help looking at that big forehead. It's just not quite right. The screen still looks slightly off centre vertically. But silver is sexy here. Definitely.

Posted by goldenface
First Video Review

See 7:40 onwards for full auto-rotate and multi touch.

Posted by wiraperkasa
oh no.i'm gutted!no 16 mpx exmor bloody exmor 1080p video rec.no pico bloody projector. damn you who give me these false hope.i hate !



Posted by synn
Hey Rog, is that frame actual metal or plasto-chrome?

Posted by wiraperkasa

On 2011-01-06 06:26:27, wiraperkasa wrote:
oh no.i'm gutted!no 16 mpx exmor bloody exmor 1080p video rec.no pico bloody projector. damn you who give me these false hope.i hate !

###ha ha ha##


Posted by rog

On 2011-01-06 06:29:54, synn wrote:
Hey Rog, is that frame actual metal or plasto-chrome?


It's chrome-looking plastic.

Posted by >500
for those who are planning on having a cry, you knew it wouldnt have dual core, 16mp etc etc before it was even announced. And, many of you believed people with absolutely no credibility on these forums about the specs, you give yourself false hope!

Anywho, I think the specs are great (my opinion)... These other dual core phones announced, apart from the LG 2x, arent the others America only?? Not to mention not all of them have Gingerbread, some were defo announced with Froyo, and will probably be released around the same time, so is one step ahead in the department. And its not like magic, Gingerbread is not just going to appear over night for those phones!

Many complained the x10 was crap, many of whom Id say hadnt even used the phone for a prolonged period of time to be able to give a detailed opinion on it. Sure it shipped with 1.6, and took a while to got 2.1, so? Samsung took a similar amount of time, if not more, to get Froyo onto the galaxy s, which still hasnt rolled out into ALL regions. And their R&D is a lot more resourceful than that of , not to mention they had experience with Android before hand.

Now that have had that experience, im confident they will churn out some more solid handsets. By that I dont mean having the most advanced hardware, referring to them being reliable, stable etc etc... All with the latest version. I think its safe to say has had access to Gingerbread before some other manufacturers, probably due to the upcoming release of the PS phone, which im sure Google has played a part in in terms of software... Again, with having released the current crop of Android phones, theres no reason for them to be slow with updats. 2.3 on Arc etc prooves that...
[ This Message was edited by: >500 on 2011-01-06 06:26 ]



Posted by synn
The user interface looked iPhone4 slick in that video. Lots of GPU acceleration going on, definitely.
That's the best I've seen Android behave. Wouldn't load LauncherPro or anything on this one if I were to buy it.

Posted by >500
@Rog
is the battery cover brushed aluminium or just plastic? Screen glass or plastic? And what model proccy is it actually running?

Posted by wiraperkasa

On 2011-01-06 07:21:59, >500 wrote:
for those who are planning on having a cry, you knew it wouldnt have dual core, 16mp etc etc before it was even announced. And, many of you believed people with absolutely no credibility on these forums about the specs, you give yourself false hope!

Anywho, I think the specs are great (my opinion)... These other dual core phones announced, apart from the LG 2x, arent the others America only?? Not to mention not all of them have Gingerbread, some were defo announced with Froyo, and will probably be released around the same time, so is one step ahead in the department. And its not like magic, Gingerbread is not just going to appear over night for those phones!

Many complained the x10 was crap, many of whom Id say hadnt even used the phone for a prolonged period of time to be able to give a detailed opinion on it. Sure it shipped with 1.6, and took a while to got 2.1, so? Samsung took a similar amount of time, if not more, to get Froyo onto the galaxy s, which still hasnt rolled out into ALL regions. And their R&D is a lot more resourceful than that of , not to mention they had experience with Android before hand.

Now that have had that experience, im confident they will churn out some more solid handsets. By that I dont mean having the most advanced hardware, referring to them being reliable, stable etc etc... All with the latest version. I think its safe to say has had access to Gingerbread before some other manufacturers, probably due to the upcoming release of the PS phone, which im sure Google has played a part in in terms of software... Again, with having released the current crop of Android phones, theres no reason for them to be slow with updats. 2.3 on Arc etc prooves that...
[ This Message was edited by: >500 on 2011-01-06 06:26 ]



my previous post was a sarcasm at those who keep guessing the spec and claim it was from their "sources".just to let you know

Posted by Xajel
I didn't see any confirmation yet about the front facing cam, althought the pics shows there's something might be it ( next to ear speaker )...

Still waiting for the others...

Xperia Arc..... Out
Xperia Neo..... Waiting
Xperia Duo..... Waiting
Xperia Play..... Waiting


and the most important, waiting to see real reviews, specially the GPS part, I don't want another Satio with endless gps lock time waiting !!

my personal expectations about these devices

Xperia Play : It's already known, no point to discuss it !!
Xperia Neo : The successor to X8... smaller than Arc but bigger than X8, estimated screen size = 3.4-3.7
Xperia Duo : The next high-end device, this could be the 16mp device with dual core and Full HD recording...

The left is the new Mini's
The original minis was a crippled down version of X10, not entirley duo to huge differences in spec. but they are marketed as X10 Mini's...
now we don't know how will market the new minis, but I don't think they will be like original minis, I mean a mini version of the high-end device ( X10 )... I think they will be more like Neo or Arc... but duo to challenges in the Arc design.. specially when going in the mini size, then Neo will be better choice here...

so I think the mini's will be marketed as Xperia Neo Mini, Xperia Neo Mini Pro... unless made them a seperate range like Xperia Mini(Pro) which is hard to think about it...

Posted by wiraperkasa

On 2011-01-06 07:33:22, Xajel wrote:
I didn't see any confirmation yet about the front facing cam, althought the pics shows there's something might be it ( next to ear speaker )...

Still waiting for the others...

Xperia Arc..... Out
Xperia Neo..... Waiting
Xperia Duo..... Waiting
Xperia Play..... Waiting


and the most important, waiting to see real reviews, specially the GPS part, I don't want another Satio with endless gps lock time waiting !!

my personal expectations about these devices

Xperia Play : It's already known, no point to discuss it !!
Xperia Neo : The successor to X8... smaller than Arc but bigger than X8, estimated screen size = 3.4-3.7
Xperia Duo : The next high-end device, this could be the 16mp device with dual core and Full HD recording...

The left is the new Mini's
The original minis was a crippled down version of X10, not entirley duo to huge differences in spec. but they are marketed as X10 Mini's...
now we don't know how will market the new minis, but I don't think they will be like original minis, I mean a mini version of the high-end device ( X10 )... I think they will be more like Neo or Arc... but duo to challenges in the Arc design.. specially when going in the mini size, then Neo will be better choice here...

so I think the mini's will be marketed as Xperia Neo Mini, Xperia Neo Mini Pro... unless made them a seperate range like Xperia Mini(Pro) which is hard to think about it...




err..wrong thread??

Posted by >500
@wiraperkasa

i know my sarcasm radar is top notch!!

Posted by synn
Now, can you mods do something about the fake insiders running around spouting bullshit? They do nothing but make this a chaotic place and raise false hopes.
If it were up to me, I'd be sticking a 16MP Exmor and a pico projector sensor up someone's you-know-where as we speak.

Posted by Supa_Fly
This ARC looks promising.

"Exmor-R and Bravia in one neat package!" I think I'm fainting!! This is the VERY FIRST time we've seen both specific engineering/brands on a smartphone/mobile outside of Japan & available worldwide by

X10 had promise but it was delivered too late in my part of the world (Canada) even by retailers.

This will sell if priced at a mid-tier rate; premium would seriously hurt sales and brand awareness with LG/HTC/Motorola going full out BIG-tyme next quarter.

I really like the ARC but wondering 3 things:
1. Why is the headphone jack on the SIDE?
- this works for output in a DOCK but ... Top/Bottom for 90% daily use by the end user being mobile is best.
2. HDMI on the top?!
- Again with headphone jack would serve better on the side along with MicroUSB port.
Good work on the cover flap.
3. 1Ghz Qualcomm cpu. Not dual-core so this should be a mid-tier price range - $450-550US retail, maybe $600 considering camera & features thereof.
- I'm VERY curious if this is a 2nd gen of the infamous Qualcomm 1Ghz single-core cpu and if its better optimize.

Looking forward to Arc's big brother by SE ... I just hope HSPA+/LTE capabilities along with 1900mAh battery to compare to Motorola Atrix is in the mix with Dual-Core Tegra2 or OMAP 4440.

Posted by smclion102
Android 2.4 Gingerbread breaks loose on a prototype Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?



Engadget

tweakers.net
[ This Message was edited by: smclion102 on 2011-01-06 07:19 ]


Posted by smclion102
what is this??





Posted by Supa_Fly
What you don't know about the smurf's?!

That looks like a new version of an oldie ... SE emotion player sense?

Posted by wiraperkasa
its the next version of android.same case like android 2.0 and 2.1, both were called eclair.android 2.4 gingerbread is an update of 2.3

Posted by smclion102
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Reality Display vs. Retina Display... fight!






Posted by smclion102
Does ANZU has FRONT FACING CAM???

i dont see mentioning in the SIte

Posted by rog
Nope.

Posted by rog

On 2011-01-06 07:31:31, >500 wrote:
@Rog
is the battery cover brushed aluminium or just plastic? Screen glass or plastic? And what model proccy is it actually running?



Battery cover is Plastic. Screen is mineral glass.

Posted by anders260
[QUOTE=unknown13x;10369651]http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/android-2-4-gingerbread-breaks-loose-on-a-prototype-sony-ericsso/

This is why 3.0 is not for us, because Ice Cream is on the way [/QUOTE]


Sent from my X10i using XDA App

Posted by ^^HAMID^^
@ rog
how is the call-in volume? weak like x10? (thats important to me plz )

Posted by back2you
Arc supporte USB mass storage

Posted by ron.jeremy

On 2011-01-06 09:04:27, rog wrote:

On 2011-01-06 07:31:31, >500 wrote:
@Rog
is the battery cover brushed aluminium or just plastic? Screen glass or plastic? And what model proccy is it actually running?



Battery cover is Plastic. Screen is mineral glass.



How fast it is at this point Rog?
And how about it's release, April is it?
And finally, your take on it?
Having owned a X10, which felt a bit "rushed", i mean, looking at the specs, it doesn't wow me the new X12.
But perhaps it's much more balanced than what we can make out of the paperspecs?
At least, alot better than some reported it.
And alot worse than some "insiders"...

All in all, this is better than expected, and with a great design imo!


Posted by smclion102
@back2you

WHERE IS 16MP

Posted by Supa_Fly
Please have a 1.2MP Front camera for better video calls PLEASE!!!
Can anyone confirm?

Posted by Platia1
The pic on the last page looks like an empty SenseMe list.

I can't wait to see something more proper on the music player, I'd love to know if it has an Equaliser or Gapless Playback.

UI looks awesome as well, and the phone still isn't out.

Posted by back2you

On 2011-01-06 09:43:41, smclion102 wrote:
@back2you

WHERE IS 16MP


maybe other phone

anzu not have high specifications

waiting mwc 2011 or second half of 2011



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