Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – hands-on walk-through

One Mobile Ring has taken delivery of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the replacement phone to their flagship Xperia X10 mobile from early last year – which bore two other versions, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. This hands-on walk-though of the new handset highlights a larger screen size than the first model, along with better display technology and a much thinner case and all whilst running from the Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 OS.


Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc arrives with a 4.2-inch 854×480 pixels FWVGA capacitive Reality touchscreen, where the X10 just shipped with a 4-inch display. The new handset also has the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine built in that delivers a better visual expertise, with a sharper image that wasn’t a feature of the X10.


The Xperia Arc gets its name from the curved design of the handset, where it’s only 8.7mm at its thinnest part – which is around the centre of the arch. SE’s latest phone is one of the slimmest mobiles as a direct result of the design, where it’s even much more svelte than the iPhone 4 with its 9.3mm thick form factor.


Sony Ericsson’s X10 successor can deliver media from the device to an HD TV screen, by using the mobiles microHDMI port. Both pictures and videos can be shared with a larger display, where the content can be stored on the accompanying 8GB microSD card although the phone supports 32GB cards.


The X10 and Xperia Arc both have an 8 megapixel camera on board, with the newer handset being capable of high definition video recording at 720p. There is also the Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor, which enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD video – even in low light.


Sony Ericsson’s Arc screen has a back lit LED Reality Display, which is coupled with the Mobile Bravia engine to produce a decent image quality for both webpages and also multimedia from this 1Ghz powered mobile phone.


Two of the new Sony Ericsson handsets side by side, just for a size comparison of their dimensions – with the Xperia ‘PlayStation’ Play mobile on the left and the Xperia ‘Slim’ Arc on the right.

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