Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc first impressions
When Sony-Ericsson announced the Xperia Arc, I was a little confused why they did not really improved on the specs of their flagship device considering that everyone else has gone dual-core.
Okay, it’ just the processor actually. The rest of the items in the specs sheet were bumped up with 2 most noticeable aspects.
Bigger and better display screen. The Xperia Arc now comes in a larger 4.2-inch display with a resolution of 480Ã—854 pixels. The LCD display of the Xperia X10 was really a disappointment so I’m glad Sony-Ericsson improved on that with the Reality Display. The brightness, crispness and degree of contrast is more apparent — still can’t match the Retina Display or the AMOLED but it’s right up there with the two display technologies.
Impressive Camera Quality. Being Sony-Ericsson, we always expect the high megapixel cameras on their smartphones to perform at par with the brand’s reputation. The X10 was again a disappointment in that department. SE corrected that by including an Exmor-R mobile sensor with the f/2.4 lens. Really sharp images even under low-light conditions.
Taking the honorable mention in the roster is the built-in HDMI port for projecting photos and videos on a larger screen; and the thin and sleek form factor makes it one of the sexiest smartphones around.
Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc specs:
Qualcomm MSM8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU
4.2â€³ capacitive display @ 480Ã—854 pixels
Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
up to 32GB via microSD (16GB included)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
8MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
720p HD video recording
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Po 1500mAh battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
I looked at the SE Xperia Arc and thought this should have been the Xperia X10. The technology and design refresh of the Arc is something I believe Sony-Ericsson already had a year ago. Releasing it now made it seem they’re “late” again, as late as they were when they released the X10 last year.
The Arc has a lot of redeeming features and Sony-Ericsosn also rationalized its pricing scheme (the Xperia Arc comes with a suggested retail price of Php29,990) so it still has a good fighting chance (for now).