While all the hype at CTIA as far as Sony Ericsson goes, was the Sony Xperia Play, there was another phone introduced at CES that was on display at the Sony Ericsson booth. That phone was the Sony Xperia Arc which is the follow up to the Sony Xperia X10 released late last year.
The Sony Xperia Arc is getting mixed reviews from technology and Android enthusiasts as well as the general public that has caught a glimpse of the phone. Some of the mixed reviews are warranted while others stem from the length of time that it took Sony to get the first of the Xperia line to the United States. The Xperia line was released last year around this time and didn’t make it to the US until Q3. In fact the Xperia x10 mini line, both the mini and the mini pro, never officially came over to the United States at all.
Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg said in an interview at Mobile World Congress, that Sony was going to be more aggressive with releases in the US and that the Sony Xperia Play would be released with Verizon Wireless first. The Sony Xperia play was on display at CTIA and also at Verizon Wireless’ reception on the eve of CTIA. We’ve been demoing it in house for about 2 weeks now and it’s definitely a great device. We heard that it would be released March 31st which puts it out at the same time as the UK release.
Now onto the Sony Xperia Arc after the break
As you’ll hear from the Sony Ericsson rep in the video, the Sony Xperia Arc features an incredibly crisp and clean display that measures 4.2 inches and is powered by the same Bravia engine found in Sony televisions. It’s hard to tell in the video but the display is very sharp.
The Xperia Arc features an HDMI out that can be directly linked to your HDMI enabled television and swapped in “hot”. However if you’re on the go, viewing pics, videos and movies is a very pleasant experience on this screen. The Sony Xperia Arc also features an 8.1mp camera that records in full HD. The camera features the Sony Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor for taking great pictures and video even in low light.
Sony Ericsson minimized the impact of their custom UI with this Xperia device. Instead of completely taking over the Android experience as they did with the original Xperia’s, in the Xperia Arc it enhances the Gingerbread experience. The Sony Xperia Arc features a horizontal app drawer which can be sorted through alphabetically or chronologically by installation date. It also features some of the more popular widgets from last years line. The Sony Xperia Arc also has a feature where you can pinch in the home screen and it will quickly bring all of your active widgets front and center. Clicking on the widget itself will take you to the page that has that widget on it.
While the Sony Xperia Arc isn’t a powerhouse phone it seems to be a little more than a solid mid-ranger. The display features drawn from Sony’s other product lines are definitely a big bonus.