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Sony Ericsson has joined the Android 2.3 fray after today unveiling the new Xperia arc smartphone, the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011. From what we can see it looks like a multimedia powerhouse and a worthy successor to last year’s X10.
 
The arc measures a sleek 8.7 mm at its thinnest part and has an extra wide 4.2” multi-touch-screen. Found onboard is an 8.1 megapixel camera also capable of 720p HD video recording. Sony’s Exmor R for mobile sensor partnered with the f/2.4 lens enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light.
 
All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on a living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector, much like that found on Nokia’s N8.
 
The arc's 4.2" capacitive display includes a shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass, while the phone includes other Sony technology such as the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine for better visual clarity. All regular smartphone expectations are met further by the arc's inclusion of aGPS and Wi-Fi. 
 
Sony’s Timescape interface again features and we’re looking forward to see the improvements done to this interesting interface. As can be expected the phone features Facebook integration, also the NeoReader barcode scanner and a YouTube application.
 
Sonja Shear, market unit head at Sony Ericsson South Africa said, “We’re starting strong in 2011 by introducing our most exciting Xperia product yet. Xperia arc combines state-of-the-art Sony technology with breath taking design to entertain and wow consumers. All on the latest Android release.”
 
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q1 in the colours Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. It is expected to be available locally as of Q2.
 
 
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc – Key features:
  • Slim, lightweight and strong, with perfect ergonomics.
  •  Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences.
  • Sony Exmor R for mobile: for best-in-class low-light photography and video capture.
  • 8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability.
  • Android Market – thousands of applications to keep you entertained. 

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