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Xperia Arc Available On Pre-Order

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Xperia Arc Available On Pre-Order

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.

Source: Play.com

Stelph

January 26, 2011, 8:57 pm

I have to say, I now look at the value of all smartphones against the Orange SanFransisco/ZTE Blade, so I instantly wonder if this is really worth the extra £350? Maybe if it had the Tegra2 chip (and thats pushing it really) but im not sure im convinced.

PGrGr

January 27, 2011, 2:15 pm

I agree about doubting the need for more powerful processors in mobile phones right now. I don't think that's what's holding them back. If I could have exactly the same phone next time, but with a longer battery life, I would be much happier.

Timray

January 27, 2011, 2:45 pm

Here is a request for all Trusted mobile phone reviews.





Please will you test reception in poor network areas? I swapped the SIM from my plastic Nokia E63 into my old metal Nokia E61 yesterday and was stunned to see four bars instead of none, just as I remember. Until that moment, I thought I had a problem with the network.





I know that a controlled test for network reception in poor areas will be difficult to design, but for me and for thousands of others, it is the single most important feature of the phone. I have gone from reliable reception to having none at all much of the time, just because I updated my phone.

simonm

January 27, 2011, 3:22 pm

@Timray - Very hard to 'field test' in a repeatable fashion, I think. You can do lab tests, and I bet you almost every current phone will perform well. Then get them in the field, and how you hold them upsets the internal antenna and suddenly they're no good.





I found this with my own current phone (not an iPhone 4!). It seemed to have really poor reception compared to the one I owned before, but after some months I found that the way I tended to hold it was clearly interfering with the internal antenna and this was the sole source of the problems. Hold it differently and it's fine.





Again, I doubt that many phones will fail reception tests in lab conditions (the manufacturer and independently the networks will have run these tests), but if poor performance is down to the vagaries of operator/antenna interaction, this is almost impossible to test in any sort of repeatable controlled fashion.

Chris

January 27, 2011, 7:07 pm

@Timray: Agree with @simonm. Read this for a fun lesson on the vagaries of reception issues.





http://www.anandtech.com/show/...





Quantative testing is very difficult, but I'm sure that if TR noticed that a phone's ability to hold a call was notably poor, they would mention it in their review.

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