Sony unveiled the Xperia arc Last week in Las Vegas, although this was a poorly kept secret we’ve now got the full specs to look at.
Firstly lets look at it’s most important feature the design. From it’s front profile we see a fairly un original looking handset with much the same layout as the Xperia X10. However turn the handset around by 45 degrees and we can see how the phone got it’s name. The arc design reaches from the top to the bottom of the handset and looks gorgeous measuring just 8.7mm at its thinnest part. The design isn’t only for the visual appeal, Sony Ericsson claim this to be perfection in ergonomics and we can see how this style will compliment the contours of your palm.
The Camera, which has a respectable 8.1mp image sensor, can also capture HD 720p video. Your photos are displayed on the 4.1inch “Reality Display” which simply looks stunning. The Mobile BRAVIA® Engine is loosely based on Sony’s full scale Bravia TV’s which they hope will deliver “exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience.” Oh, and if you so happen to have a Sony Bravia you can easily connect the arc to the display using it’s inbuilt HDMI port.
The overall dimensions of the handset measure like so 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm. Those of you who know your phone measurements will realise that this is not a small handset. The HTC Desire HD being one of the largest handset on the market measures in at 123 x 68 x 11.8 mm. As you can see the Arc is a full 2mm wider which is a noticeable difference when in the palm of your hand. Thankfully the Xperia Arc is 5mm shorter giving you slightly more pocket space in your jeans. With the increase in size we’re surprised that the Arc’s screen is 0.2 Inches smaller then that of the Desire HD. Maybe Sony Ericsson are of the opinion that size isn’t everything.
The handset will ship with the latest version of Android, at this point we’d consider this to be gingerbread but depending on release dates could still be released under the froyo banner. The handset has a 1GZ processor fairly standard now in the latest Android handsets. But with dual core technology on the horizon this may be an oversight from Sony Ericsson. The Arc only has 512mb of internal memory which isn’t a great deal but the handset will be shipping with an 8GB memory card and can be upgraded to 32GB. All these features are to be expected from a new High End Android handset and may leave you wanting more in terms or processing power.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is clearly an improvement on the Xperia 10 in terms of design and multimedia, it may not set the world on fire in regards to speed and features, but think of it as an example of great design without having to compromise on functionality. You can see Sony Ericsson’s offical Arc page here.
If your blown away by the looks of the handset you can register your interest for the handset here or keep an eye on the blog for details regarding other handsets which are on their way.