Sony Ericsson announces Xperia Arc with Mobile BRAVIA engine

Sony makes thousands of products. But despite the technological prowess, the Japanese company has done a pretty poor job of sharing knowledge between departments – until now. The new Xperia Arc smartphone takes all of Sony’s television and camera knowledge, condenses into a tiny form and squeezes into a handset of slim beauty.


The most outstanding feature (of three impressive ones) is the camera. It boasts Sony’s award-winning Exmor R sensor that, coupled with the f/2.4 lens, enables the capture of high-quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light situations. Sony even boast that it’s best-in-class for low-light photography and video capture.

And those previously inaccessible low-light photos will look great printed, as the camera takes shots of up to 8.1 megapixels. Other features transferred from full-sized cameras include the 2.46x smart zoom, auto focus, face detection and LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilisation, noise suppression, smile detection and HD recording at 720p. There’s even a HDMI-connector to plug into TVs and computer monitors.

After the camera, the “Reality Display” definitely deserves a mention. The phone’s screen earns the special title by using Sony Ericsson’s most advanced phone display technology: the mobile BRAVIA Engine. Inspired by the company’s high-end TV range, it should deliver a crystal clear image on the 4.2-inch. At 854 x 480 pixels, however, the resolution is still much lower than the iPhone’s 960 x 640 display.

All these two winning functions are crammed into the third impressive feature: a super slim body of just 8.7mm at its thinnest part – 0.7mm slimmed than the iPhone. The complete dimensions are 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm, with a weight of just 117 grams – 20 grams less than Apple’s flagship.

The phone will run Android 2.3, so full Flash support is guaranteed. It’ll also have a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, with support for a 32GB memory card. Internal memory is a bit sad though, just 512MB.

Out in the first quarter of 2011, you’ll be able to pick one up in either Midnight Blue or Misty Silver.