Xperia arc: Specifications

With the Xperia arc now officially out of the bag let’s take a look at exactly what the handset offers and dispel some of t...

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With the Xperia arc now officially out of the bag let’s take a look at exactly what the handset offers and dispel some of the conflicting rumours and reports over its specifications.

The design of the handset is one of its most prominent features and with its thinnest part measuring just 8.7mm thick it could lay claim to being the thinnest smartphone in the world. The screen is a rather massive 4.2 inch affair, which means it’s a tall handset even if it is thin.

In terms of the actual hardware I’ve presented the full spec sheet at the end, but we’ll go over some of the more interesting points in detail.

The screen, as mentioned above, measures 4.2 inches, and it’s packing in what Sony Ericsson are calling a ‘reality Display’. This seems to be the way forward these days, you’re display is no good unless it has a catchy title. More importantly though the arc features a Mobile Bravia Engine to help power the whole thing and make multimedia flow smoothly.

The screen itself is an LCD, no Super LCD or AMOLED I’m afraid, but on the bright side it supports 16 million colours, up from the X10’s 65k and it will support multi-touch out of the box! That’s a huge improvement over the X10 as multi-touch really is a basic feature in smartphones these days.

Camera wise it’s an 8.1 MP effort, in contrast to earlier reports that suggested it would be 12 MP. 8 MP is more than sufficient and compares well with the likes of the Nexus S and iPhone 4, which muster up 5 MP cameras. Of course the megapixel count isn’t the be and end all, but Sony Ericsson does still do well on the camera side of things and its interface for the X10 was roundly praised as a step up from the stock Android interface so we can expect similar results here.

The camera supports HD video recording, 720p in this case. 1080p is obviously better, but that’s probably a bridge too far for Sony Ericsson at the moment. To be fair it’s probably a bridge too far for most manufacturers at the moment and in any case 720p is more than adequate for most people. It’s again another step up from the X10, which received HD recording support through an update, but here we have it straight from the start.

The handset will be shipping with Gingerbread, which is not only great in terms of being able to use the latest version of Google’s OS, but a huge relief for those worried that Sony Ericsson would repeat the huge mistake they made with the X10 and use an outdated version of Android. In fact not only will the arc ship with Gingerbread it has already been spotted running an uprated version of Gingerbread, version 2.4 instead of version 2.3. The handset will ship with version 2.3m, but it’s a promising sign for future updates that a newer version is already being tested on the hardware.

You can check out the full spec list below and the official press release here.

Camera 8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 2.46x smart zoom

Aperture f/2.4

Auto focus

Face detection

Flash/LED

Geo tagging

Image stabilizer

Noise suppression

Send to web

Smile detection

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor

Touch Focus

Touch capture

Video light

Video recording, HD 720p

Music Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™ service*

TrackID™ music recognition application

* This service may not be available in every market

Web Bookmarks

Google™ search

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)

Communication Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application*

Sony Ericsson Timescape™

Speakerphone

Vibrating alert

* This service may not be available in every market

Messaging Conversations

Email

Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design Auto rotate

Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality display

Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

Touchscreen

Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

* This service may not be available in every market

3D games

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™ *

Organiser Android™ OS

Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Document readers

Flight mode

Infinite button

Phone book

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack

aGPS

Bluetooth™ technology

Google Maps™

HDMI

Modem

DLNA

USB mass storage

USB support

Wi-Fi™

Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *

* This service may not be available in every market

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client

Gmail™

Google Calendar™

Google Gallery 3D™

Google Latitude™

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google Music Player™

Google Phone-top Search

Google Search widget

Google Sync™

Google Talk™

Google Voice Search

Set-up Wizard

YouTube™

Screen Sony Mobile Bravia Engine

16,777,216 colour TFT

Capacitive multi-touch

4.2 inches

854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)

Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass

Accessories In-Box:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc
  • Battery (1500mAh)
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
Facts 1)2) Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 117 grams

Phone memory: Up to 512 MB

Memory card support: up to 32 GB

Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm

Availability and versions Networks

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

Colour Midnight Blue

Misty Silver

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