Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Brings Reality Display, Exmor R Camera Sensor to Android Superphone Fight

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Those hoping and waiting for the PlayStation Phone will have to wait a little bit longer, but at least Sony Ericsson is stepping up its game. The Android 2.3-powered Xperia arc sports a supeslim arc-shaped design that's just 8.7 mm at its thinnest point and is crafted from "premium materials." We don't know what they are, but they have to feel better than the chintzy plastic Xperia X10.

The arc also looks to go toe-to-toe with Samsung's Super AMOLED and Apple's Retina screens with Sony's Reality Display technology, which is powered by a Mobile Bravia Engine (yes, of Sony TV fame). The 4.2-inch LCD has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, boasts over 16 million colors, and is made of scratch-resistant mineral glass with a shatter proof sheet on top.
The Xperia arc also has the potential to be the best camera phone on the market.

Enjoy some luscious photos and get the full specs below.Sony Ericsson is touting that it has integrated its Exmor R mobile sensor and a f/2.4 lens, allowing the arc's 8.1-MP camera to capture exceptionally bright photos and HD video in low light. An HDMI port is on board for easily sharing content with your HDTV. We're really glad that this handset is running Android 2.3, but we wish Sony would have included a Search button. We use that a lot on Google phones.

No word on pricing yet, but Sony Ericsson is promising that the arc (available in Midnight Blue and Misty Silver) will start hitting selected markets during Q1. As soon as we get our mitts on this sleek handset, we'll bring you some hands-on impressions.

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Features and Specs


8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 2.46x smart zoom

Aperture f/2.4

Auto focus

Face detection


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






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




Google™ search

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)



Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application*

Sony Ericsson Timescape™


Vibrating alert

* This service may not be available in every market





Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)



Auto rotate

Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality display

Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine


Wallpaper animation






* This service may not be available in every market

3D games

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™ *



Android™ OS

Alarm clock



Document readers

Flight mode

Infinite button

Phone book



3.5 mm audio jack


Bluetooth™ technology

Google Maps™




USB mass storage

USB support


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


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




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



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


Facts 1)2)

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



UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900


UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900



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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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