Sony Ericsson launched the latest in its Xperia range at CES this week and today we nabbed some hands-on time with the Gingerbread running Arc.
The phone comes in two colours, Misty Silver and Midnight Blue. The phone we looked at was a super slim, lightweight phone with a silver glossy metallic back and metallic strips on the top and bottom of the 4.2in screen. The display is a multi-touch Reality Display which, in conjunction with the Mobile Bravia engine, promises crystal clear images and video. Having seen the phone in action, the display certainly is impressive with excellent viewing angles and bright, sharp colours.
Under the hood the Arc has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB or memory and 8GB of storage included on a microSD card with support for up to 32GB. The phone has an eye-catching concave back (hence the name) and at it's thinnest measures only 8.7mm. In your hand it feels nice, though weighing only 117g seems a little too light and lacks that sturdy feel we like in a phone.
The Arc has no front facing camera though the rear-facing 8 megapixel one makes up for that. The camera has the Exmor R for Mobile sensor, and with the f/2.4 lens should enable the capture of high quality pictures and HD videos even in low light. Once you've captured those pictures you will be able to share them with everyone on a HD TV via the built-in HDMI-connector.
Running Gingerbread is obviously an advantage for this phone and will appeal to those looking to have the latest version of Android straight out of the box. The phone is certainly impressive and a step forward for Sony Ericsson as it attempts to regain lost ground in the smartphone mobile market. However with the advent of the superphone, they could once again be the last ones at the party.
We'll reserve judgement until we get a chance to review the phone fully when it is released later this year. No release dates or prices have been revealed yet but we expect to see it in shops sooner rather than later.
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