Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Hands-on

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Hands-on
Sony Ericsson had only one major announcement for us during the CES 2011. The Sony Ericsson Arc has been previously known as the X12 or Anzu. All of its specs leaked a few months ago, so there was no surprises as to what the features will be. 

The name Arc comes from the slightly curved design. If you ask us, it really does not make almost any difference ergonomically - Sony Ericsson just need a good marketing name and something to distinguish it in the sea of phones. It is not like we do not like the design – it is very clean with excellent in-hand feel. What is really strange is the very low weight of only 4.13 oz (117g), given it has 4.2” display. The low weight is definitely great, but it also brings somewhat cheap feel when held.

Almost the whole front is dominated by the 4.2” display with 854x480 pixels resolution. This is actually one of the best looking displays we’ve seen. SE claims this is due to the Bravia software engine borrowed from Sony. No matter what the reason is, the fact is this is one gorgeous screen with very vibrant colors, but not the over-saturated ones we see in the AMOLED screens.

Another notable feature which we tried to test was the Exmor R camera sensor. What this means is that the CMOS sensor is back-illuminated, helping it out to make better low light pictures. According to Sony Ericsson reps, the sensor’s light sensitivity is twice more compared to regular CMOS ones. We snapped a few shots and the results were very good, but before we can say for sure if this is just a marketing trick (like the Carl Zeiss lenses) or really helps out, we need to get our review units in and put it our thorough tests.

All the units here were early prototypes but still performed admirably well. Powered by the Qualcomm’s 1 GHz processor, the UI felt admirably fast.

The operating system is Android 2.3 with some unique features added by Sony Ericsson such as the ability to create folders on the home screens pages and add shortcuts to them.

Our initial impressions from the Sony Ericsson Arc are very positive. Expect our preview next week.

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Xperia arc
  • Display 4.2" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.512 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. Wardski unregistered

Ummm....... Yeah.... Nah.... Sorry SE, you burnt me once, burnt me twice... Never gonna burn me again. Its a shame really because this handset looks pretty good

2. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Agreed . The x10 was hailed by Sony offices to have "life long support for their flagship device, the x10". Yah right..... balls I say. Balls.

3. sam unregistered

wts de price? wen is it launching?

4. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

se and nokia have always produce great designs especially for their hi-end, its just a shame that se hasnt been able to catch-up in the last few years even come up with buggy devices... xperia 10 was a lot to be desired - browsing experience bad, ui not intuitive/smooth... so am wondering if this would actually turn things around for them...

5. Seylan unregistered

Plastic body is really dissapointing, considering that the first xperia X1 has an almost full metal body. I hope that it doesn't have the first-gen Snapdragon processors....

6. ap unregistered should mention that this device contains the 2nd gen snapdragon with Adreno 205 GPU

7. ryq unregistered

SE like Motorola used to be on top. but both falter and nokia became number one. now, motorola is slowly coming back and SE with this phone seems to follow suit. and sad to say nokia is the one falling now.

8. hewad hacker unregistered

xperia arc iz the most mobile i dont know on which day the arc will be released to i buy it its very pretty mobile i like it but n8 and iphone 4 is not perfect mobile its good but arc is most mobile or perfect mobile bye.

9. cookie unregistered

i looked at both of the phones se the arc and the neo and their screens show bars like the ones on at&t phones look closley and see for your self

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