Discussion: Is anyone excited about the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc HD?

Discussion: Is anyone excited about the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc HD?
In only a few days' time, Las Vegas will be invaded by techies from all across the nation. Why? Because of CES 2012, of course! Sony Ericsson will be among the companies that will attend the expo, and what everybody is hoping to see is the elusive Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD, or whatever its true market name turns out to be.

So, what should we expect? Rumor has it that its front side will be graced by a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, while a 12-megapixel camera with Exmor R sensor will be located on its back. Orchestrating the parade will be a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Judging by its recent leaks, the smartphone could launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board, and if that happens to be the case, we would expect an Ice Cream Sandwich update to be released shortly after the handset's release.

But specs are only half of the equation. The whole Android experience delivered by the Xperia Arc HD needs to be flawless if Sony Ericsson does not want its very first dual-core handset to be a flop. As far as design is concerned, the leaked images indicate that the company is doing away with the curved lines and arching profiles and is focusing on a boxier look for its next flagship. Flashy LEDs seem to be in stock as well, most probably serving the purpose of notification lights.

But is Sony Ericsson jumping way too late on board the dual-core bandwagon? Well, on one hand, they say that it is better late than never, so it is good knowing that the company will now have an offering for those looking for a high-end smartphone. On the other hand, if Sony Ericsson's flagship is to stay competitive on the market, it would need to deliver nothing short of outstanding Android performance in order to make up for being late on the dual-core scene, especially since Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC have all had dual-core smartphones in their portfolios for quite a while now. Unless Sony Ericsson releases the Arc HD without delay, with a reasonable price tag, of course, and provides it with the Ice Cream Goodness in a timely manner, we don't really see what else will give it advantage over the competition. Besides, the company has long missed the opportunity to lure in early adopters of smartphones with dual-core processors, so that segment of the market will probably be just like “meh” when checking out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD. 

And now, we are turning to you, dear readers. Are you excited about Sony Ericsson's next flagship, and why? Will it manage to grab the attention of the smartphone crowd, or will it simply fade away without much of an impact? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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42 Comments

1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

to be honest i dont really think about sony at all anymore, when i think android i think in this order: samsung htc motorola LG then sony the only way sony stand a chance this year is to be the first to roll out with ICS

4. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

SE phones always look nice but there is always one thing that causes my to go to Samsung our HTC. With the x10, it was the of multi touch. With original arc, there was the lack of a dual core processor. With this device we shall see. Out will become available right before quad cores which may, once more, cause me to look over another beautiful although slightly dated SE device.

25. GeekMovement unregistered

what if it lacks a front facing cam?

14. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

i feel sorry for you if you put Samsung on the top of the list in terms of smartphones (or even phones in general) not necessarily defending SE, but samsungs tend to be garbage (cool doesnt make a phone good or great)

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

whats bad the amoled+ screen which is highly praised by the industry,exynos chip also highly prasied,8mp camera which is also highly praised.plastic samsung and se both use alot so that cant be the reason you rate se higher than samsung....seriously no matter how ''cool'' something is if it is rubbish it would not sell..surely samsung must be making good device that they selling in droves.

18. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Samsung has good hardware(better than the ones se have used so far) and ofcourse the sell more then se but in terms of built quality/call quality/camera se is ahead of samsung. And in my opinion ahead in design on all phone brands.

21. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

built quality NO, call quality/camera depends on the device and S2 really has pretty good camera

38. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Built quality of sony is better for sure samsung devices crack and the s2 screen breaks when it falls and im not saying that the s2 doesn't have a good camera(for a phone) but its just not as good as the one from the arc(s)

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

SE and Samsung both use plastic primarily so dont know how you can rate SE higher build quality,(plastic does not mean bad build quality by the way) cant say on call quality cause i have not used any of SE 2011 devices but can say call quality on my gs2 is very nice. camera again i have not used any of SE 2011 devices but from many only smartphone camera shootouts the s2 has always topped the SE arc....design is subjective but i will be honest and say i personally think the arc looks better than the s2.

29. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Urm not really, Xperia Arc won the EISA Camera Phone of the year...I won't take your judging because those people are professional when it comes to their job. Anyway, call quality on my S.E.X Arc is more than excellent. Also, it's not filled with OEM garbage like Samsung phones; that's a reason a single core phone is going to get ICS. And when you compare Samsung to Sony, don't just compare the top end phones for f**** sake. Compare ALL the phones. I can tell you that the mid and low end SE devices are FAR better than the ones in Samsung.

40. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You are right about the EISA Award and about when you compare companies ;) And to be honest when i used the s2 i had to turn off the phone a couple(5a6) a time cause it got stuck(i used it for a week)

39. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

built quality doesn't necessary mean the quality of the materials used but also how its built. and the s2 feels cheap and weak as the arc(s) feel solid. the call quality has always been better on a sony or nokia and from how i tested the 2 (arc s and s2) the arc s call quality is better. also for the camera and the EISA award is done by pros like RamyRamz69 said where as the most of the websites have favorites and aren't pros. if you make the photos yourself you should see the difference between them. i tested them both and i know a thing or 2 about the settings for making pictures in different environments(don't know how you call it in english) and the arc was better. still the s2 isn't a bad phone it just depends on the enduser what he or she wants. s2 is a bit faster but you don't notice it on the arc that its slow or somthing it works very fast 2 but because of the hardware the s2 is faster.

27. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Really comparing SE to Samsung it's just unfair, Samsung sold 30 million phones on Q4 while SE must have sold like 1 or 2 million, not to mention the fact that SE doesn't even have a proper high-end phone in their Xperia line

41. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

the only thing that would be "unfair" is that if you compare the speed of the phones because the s2 of samsung has a dualcore but in terms of call/camera/built/screen/speaker quality. it doesn't matter.

26. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

the sad news here is that if this comes with internal memory of 8/16 gb then it will be virtually like the Arc which had only 320mb free ,and sealed battery ,wtf? this is not iCrap , and according to me the only thing that keeps this phone from wiped off is the beauty , sorry Sony and Sony fans ,this is kind of like when the iPhone 4s hit the market ..only thing you will be buying this is for the second rated qualcomm msm 8660 and camera

31. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Me either, if the rumored spec is true then I'm turning my head elsewhere or wait for sony (only) first smartphone to hit the market. the Micro Sim, No SD support and non removable battery is more than enough to turn me off to this device. . .

42. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

am sorry but i have held the arc in store and it feels the same as a s2..both have thin back and no creaks on either...the reason why the arc is getting ics is because it was se flagship of 2011,they are not updating any of there 2010 models(you were obviously talking about the fact that samsungs 2010 flagship was not getting ics but neither is se 2010 flagship)...call quality has been excellent on my s2 and i have no doubt that call quality on the arc is probably excellent too...screen no way,first of all the blacks cant be beaten and the viewing angles on the arc is noway as good as the s2 screen...camera if it one the award then thats good but the s2 camera is obviously makes better pic that the tech industry likes and i wont disagree with @steve litchfiled who is a mega camera buff and enthusiast says the overall camera performance in all lights and use of flash is better on the s2....again they are both exellent phone and are on par apart from memory,ram,cpu which are important to the overall performance of the phone also when both phones came out similar time and similar price and the s2 has held much much more value over time than the arc.

33. MotorolaandSamsungFTW

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

heck no this is the order: motorola samsung lg htc nokia then sony

35. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

You are INSANE, Nokia before SE ! SE is using processors with a new architecture ( Snapdragon S2 ) not like nokia 1GHz but old architecture like ARM 11 ! And mostly every Nokia device except N8 has fixed-focus camera and on top of it Symbian Belle is a COPY of Android with the pull-down menu and all the widgets etc.

2. jogars28

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

In 2011 Yes! In 2012 NO!

3. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Dual core is pretty meh now. The camera and design catch my eye but not much else. I personally want a note now for its unique size but with quad core phones rumored to coming out in not even sure about that.

5. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

SE is going at the rite pace, if sammy or htc release dual core that doesn't mean every other should come with dual cores. There might not be any availability for dual cores but for market pace yes they have to run with what others have

6. kenemu

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Iam not slave or fanboy to any brand, right sony is late in the game of h8gh-end compition, but i still think sony is still a big name and arc hd looks very promising.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

SE is a good company, wish it where more popular some times

8. erabe13

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

a former sony ericsson user... in terms of design, they got it. in terms of specifications, they were left behind. In terms of price, they are in the competition. Hope this time, price and features will go with the design. Come on Sony, you still on the competition. Be back now!!!

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

We sell a huge load of sony arc s in my store so a good amount of customers are perhaps not too put out with without its dual core or not. That saying the sony arc s is extremely well priced and a very good phone. Now at the same time there are a fair amount of customers who do want to spend the little bit extra for dual cores like the galaxy s2 so its all relative. All in all,sony has really upped their game this year and if arc hd or whatever the next generation of top xperia android are called improve on last years sony line up then Sony has another good year of ahead of it.

10. therocker

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 03, 2011

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa​aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa​aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa​aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa​aH....................nyc designs bt featureless nd costly without any reason _\m/

11. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

I remember a time when "Sony" meant quality and "Samsung" was a desperate maker of cheap-ass lower quality electronics. Japanese tradition might be holding Sony back. It wouldn't take much for them to become a major player in the phone business.

12. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

i want theee cameraaaaaaa..

13. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Looks nice, just not nice enough to abandon my Arc just yet.

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