2011 is shaping up to be a very interesting year in the smartphone market with a plethora of high-end, premium devices coming from all the major manufacturers. A lot of what will determine the success of otherwie of these handset will be pricing and today we have seen one, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, break cover with a price tag of £459.99.
The Arc has appeared on Play.com fopr pre-order SIM-free with a shipping date of April mooted. We first got a chance to look at Sony Ericsson’s latest entry into the smartphone market at CES recently and we were very impressed with what we saw. Of course the success of this – and many other phones such as the Motorola Atrix and the LG Optimus 2X – will depend on pricing and how affordable they will be. Recently we saw the Optimus 2X go on pre-order for £469.99 on Play.com.
As we get closer to a release date here in the UK, we will find out which carriers will be offering the phone on a subsidised basis. The price of £459.99 is typical for a phone with these specs, however the Arc is trailing the Optimus 2X and the Atrix which both sporting Tegra 2 dual-core processors compared to the Arc’s puny 1GHz Snapdragon processor. We however are yet to be convinced for the need for a dual-core processor as a necessity in a top-of-the-line smartphone.
The stand out feature of the Arc is its 8 megapixel camera which has an Exmor R for Mobile sensor, and with the f/2.4 lens it should enable the capture of high quality pictures and HD videos even in low light. The Arc is an impressive model and while this pricing is typical of such phones, it will be down to carriers’ price plans and subsidies which will determine the amount of units shipped.