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Sony Ericsson the Xperia Arc S – Preview


Sony Ericsson recently Showcased the Xperia Arc S and like the name suggests this a Slightly Upgraded Version of the original Xperia Arc launched earlier this year.

The Xperia Arc S has been upgraded to a Qualcomm MSM8255T 1.4GHz processor, Adreno 205 GPU and 512MB RAM, rest of the specs are pretty much the same – a 4.2″ FWVGA Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA engine, an 8 megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor, 720p video recording and the same impressive connectivity options including an HDMI port.

The Xperia arc S also preserves the original arc design and has the same measurements and size. Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S will run on Android 2.3.4 Gingebread out of the box.

Android 2.3.4 update will bring USB on-the-go, Sony 3D sweep panorama for the camera, even better Facebook integration, Swype-like text input (T9 Trace), integrated screen capture, video chats via Google Talk and more

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is up to 25% faster than the previous generation and will be the best Xperia device yet. All powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. So far we don’t have any actual pricing or availability, but Sony has said it will be available later in the year and possible as soon as October.

Design and Looks

The Design of the of the Xperia Arc S is same as it’s predecessor, which is good as the original Arc had a great design itself. But that could be the issue that  it’s a look alike and how do you differentiate, at least a metal body instead of the Plastic would have also done good but for that they would have to sacrifice  on the weight.

The top and bottom of the Xperia Arc S are curved, with three buttons along the bottom — back, home and menu. You’ll be using these, along with the Arc S’ touchscreen, to navigate the Android 2.3 interface.

One of the best parts of the Xperia Arc that has been major selling point apart from showing of the unique design is the Screen, the 4.2″ FWVGA Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA engine shows some remarkable level of brightness and richness in colour.

The Processor

The Xperia Arc S has a 1.4GHz processor and the Arc has a 1GHz,The difference will be visible in the benchmarks test I believe but in a normal day to day usage the difference would be negligible as the 1GHz Processor of the Arc was performing like any normal single core CPU should, but hey any upgrade is a welcomed if it doesn’t make it more expensive that it already is.

2D Camera , 2D Screen and the 3D Effect

You take panorama photos, which will appear in 2D on the screen, because the Xperia Arc S’ screen doesn’t support 3D. The Arc S then performs some complicated internal algorithm-crunching, and spits out an image that will appear in stereoscopic 3D when you plug your phone into a compatible 3D TV.

Sounds Awesome right? But how often would you be using that feature few weeks after you bought the phone and showed of to all your friends and that too if you own a 3D TV ?

There was no Front facing camera in the Original Xperia Arc and nor does the Xperia Arc S have it either.



The the Current Market Price of the Xperia Arc in India is Rs 28,000+ (601USD), for the same price you can get some awesome Dual Core Androids like the Samsung galaxy S 2 and the HTC Sensation, so even though the Arc has packs some really cool features can’t recommend it over the Dual Cores. Though the Arc S has all the goodness of it’s predecessor but it has it flaws as well like it has no Secondary camera and the only differentiating feature is the slightly overclocked CPU to 1.4 GHz and everything from RAM to ROM, the Screen Size and even the weight of the phone is same as the one of it’s predecessor. So could it be that Sony Ericsson has instead of upgrading the Arc to Android 2.3.4 the have come out with a Overclocked version called the Arc with the latest Android Version. Now this may seem unlikely as they have seemed to learned their lesson since they had so no to upgrading the X10(they upgraded it now)

If the Arc S is priced at around Rs. 22-24K it will be one the best value for Money gadget in the market else it’s one of those things that you just admire and then let them catch dust.

The One good thing that seems can come out of this is that the price pf the Arc could come down making a it actually worth spending money on.