One of the devices we came away impressed with at CES 2011 was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Not only was it the thinnest and lightest device we’ve ever used, but it was also running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a less heavy Sony Ericsson interface skin, giving the device a quicker feel than, say, the Xperia X10. The Sony Ericsson blog has filmed a video taking us through the specific design elements of the Misty Silver and Midnight Blue variants of the Arc. We get to see that when the phone is off, it’s difficult to differentiate the boundary of the screen with that of the glass, thanks to the type of screen that is used. This makes for a really slick look when you tilt the screen in the right light. Then we get to see the microHDMI jack, the camera designed for low light photography, and the smooth arc on the rear of the phone that gives the Xperia Arc its name. Also, the blog mentions the following details (including news that the Arc has dual microphones for noise cancellation, which is great):
– The CPU and GPU specs are: MSM8255 at 1 GHz with Adreno 205.
– The music player does have an equalizer, my current software has 10 different genre based presets.
– It does not have a front facing camera.
– Mediascape is removed in its earlier form and has changed into a customizable widget based “media pane” (as shown briefly in the video)
– It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for Xperia arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner.
– I’ve seen articles around higher numbers than 2.3 being seen in the display of Xperia arc phones As I have been informed that is due to a misconfiguration in some samples and nothing to get too excited about really, sorry.
– It does have two microphones which will be used for noise suppression during phone calls.
– The camera LED flash is possible to put in four different modes; Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye Reduction & Off.
– It does have full multi touch support, I just tried a similar multi touch test app as I did in the video on the X10 and at least in that app it accepts 4 simultaneous touch points without any issues with X- and Y-axis or such things. I will try to get confirmation on final specs in regards to multi touch.
– It does support wi-fi up to the 802.11n mode.