Sony Ericsson has just made a smart move which will make many happy and even draw some more customers to its smartphone brand as the company announced today that it will be opening up the bootloader on its current, 2011 Xperia smartphone line-up.
This is to facilitate advanced users to “unlock the bootloader in a secure and legal way” and the feature will come to certain models starting this spring. The new smartphones for this year, the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play and Xperia Pro will have to fulfill certain requirements in order for the bootloader to be [...]
Vodafone, one of the premier carriers in the UK has opened pre-orders for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc devices today. Availability is expected on April 1st, with a free Deckstand included with the Xperia Play pre-order.
Both devices come with Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread build, and are available free with a 2 year contract. The Xperia Arc requires a minimum £30 per month contract for the free device while the Xperia Play requires a minimum £35 per month contract.
The Xperia Arc is one of the thinnest phones available, measuring 8.7mm at it’s [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II Mini, the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S follow-up the Korean manufacturer launched at this year’s MWC, is set to arrive to UK on carrier Three.
The Gingerbread powered 3.7-incher is set to arrive in April with a 1.4GHz processor, five-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing webcam, WiFi N and GPS. June looks to be the time to look for the Nokia X7 which has been cancelled for AT&T but the eight-megapixel device with OLED display looks like will be there in the U.K. So is the Samsung Galaxy Pro (mid-April), Sony [...]
Sony Ericsson has made an exceptional come-back with some fantastic devices already announced this year: the Xperia Arc at CES and the Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro at MWC. The company doesn’t seem to stop here as it allegedly plans on dominating the US market this year.
This domination would be achieved with the aid of not only these four, but an additional five, for a total of nine Sony Ericsson Android Smartphones, all this year. The information comes from an anonymous person “quite familiar with the inner workings of Sony Ericsson” who spoke to [...]
We’ve already been pleasantly surprised to see the camera on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc in action with it’s always-on auto-focus but we didn’t know it takes amazing low-light pictures.
Thanks to its Exmor R backlit sensor, the eight-megapixel camera on the Xperia Arc has a high light sensitivity. This means that it captures images in lower light conditions than other cameras with considerably less noise. The Exmor R technology is used by Sony on many of it’s current mid to high range camcorders and cameras and now it has a mobile implementation too. [...]
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc has touched down at the FCC, providing us with a treasure-chest of pictures, technical documents, and user manuals for the upcoming Android smartphone.
While there are plenty of 1GHz Android phones to compete with, the Xperia Arc has a leg up on the competition thanks to its extreme thinness and impressive auto-focus camera. We got a chance to interact with the phone at the CES earlier this year and mostly liked what we saw.
According to the FCC filings, the Xperia Arc supports HSDPA and HSUPA for high-speed 3G, and will operate on UTMS [...]
We’ve seen a rather comprehensive demo of the camera on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, showing off both the hardware and the software capabilities and features of the upcoming Android smartphone.
Below are two HD videos captured using the Xperia Arc and they are demonstrating the continuous auto-focus feature of the smartphone’s camera. While the auto-focus isn’t as fast as the one you’ll find on a dedicated camcorder, it definitely does a great job compared to most smartphones out there that don’t even feature automatic variable focus while shooting [...]
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Sony Ericsson revealed a total number of three devices, namely the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. The Xperia Arc has been unveiled earlier with the occasion of January’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Our friends over at Clove.co.uk published the release dates for all the new, 2011, Xperia smartphones: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will go for £504 (around $820) and is said to arrive on April 1 just like the Xperia Arc going for £420.00 (around $684) and the Xperia Neo. You’ll have to wait a tad more for [...]
Just the other day we told you about some bits of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc available and working on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 — Home Launcher, Photo, Clock and News widgets — and now we have an Arc ROM ready and waiting for the X10.
It’s Google Android 2.3.1 Gingerbread alright with working “Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Timescape and GPS”. As always with custom ROMs in early beta stages, there are some bugs, especially with sound output which is promissed to be fixed in the next release. For more details, feedback, instructions as well as [...]
Sony Ericsson plans to release at least four phones this year besides the four already announced, including some in the US first, according to CEO Bert Nordberg. It wasn’t clear if the joint venture chief was referring to all smartphones or a mix of smart and “dumb” devices, although the revelation seemed to come during a conversation with Business Week in which Android was the primary focus. Nordberg stated that he hoped to eventually capture a full quarter of the Android market — up from the current 14%, reportedly — although a time frame for that goal [...]
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was launched with the occasion of this year’s CES in Las Vegas and is expected to hit the market in Q1 2011 with Japanese NTT DoCoMo already unveiling it as part of its line-up.
Turns out that the system of the Arc has been dumped — that didn’t take long for the folks over at XDA Developers — and the brand new Launcher has been extracted. The Unofficial Xperia X10 Blog reports that the Home Launcher is working as it should on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.
Just a little bit more sluggish than on the Xperia Arc and Xperia [...]
Just this Monday we heard of the NEC Medias N-04C, allegedly the world’s thinnest smartphone with its 7.7mm dimension — at least until someone else comes around and shaves off a couple of microns — rumored to be announced at a February 24 NTT DoCoMo Press Event.
The rumor turned out to be true as the Japanese operator has unveiled two very sleek devices: the NEC Medias N-04C Android Smartphone alongside the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc — measuring 8.7mm at its thinnest point –, very thin and sexy devices indeed.
The NEC Medias weighs only 105 [...]
Sony Ericsson appears to be working on a new phone with model number MK16i, which is rumored to be a version of the Hallon (a.k.a. “Vivaz 2” and probably branded as Xperia Neo) with a keyboard. So far the only thing we know about this device — other than the fact that it bears a very similar model number to MT-15i Hallon — is that it features a six-megapixel camera (or is testing at that resolution, at least), the same as Hallon. Japanese site Blog of Mobile!!! is reporting that MK16i goes by the codename Iyokan, which Wikipedia describes as a popular Japanese [...]
We’ve seen the Sony Ericsson Hallon aka Vivaz 2 being recently previewed and today the handset which will officially go by the name of Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is compared to the Xperia Arc which was launched on January 6, at CES.
Everyone is expecting Sony Ericsson to announce the Xperia Neo, among others devices from which the PlayStation Phone too, with the occasion of the upcoming Mobile World Congress. Both the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Arc are rumored to have (very) similar internals, aside from the screen size, from the 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera sensor to the [...]
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has gone on pre-order at Play.com for 460 pounds (~$730) unlocked, with a scheduled release date of April 1st. The unusually-thin, Android Gingerbread-powered phone was already tipped for an April release by Sony Ericsson Indonesia, so this new information lines up nicely with that; we’d expect Japan and Europe to get first dibs here, as SE smartphones are relatively few and far between on domestic carriers.
Just 8.3-millimeters thick at its thinnest point, the black or silver model formerly known as Anzu and X12 offers a 1GHz processor, Sony [...]
The big story with the Xperia Arc is its hardware: it’s the thinnest Android phone we’ve ever seen, and it’s bound to be a big seller, especially once the hacking community is able to remove Sony Ericsson’s heavy Android interface and replace it with something lighter and faster. While we got a few minutes of hands-on time with the Arc at CES, we didn’t get enough time to get a true feel for the device. In this eleven minute hands-on video, the folks from HDBlog.it walk through the hardware and software of the Arc, showing off the sleek form factor, camera [...]
The Sony Ericsson Product Blog published a video as well as a lengthy description of the camera on the upcoming Xperia Arc as well as its features. The handset was officially launched on January 6, 2011 and will be available in the first quarter of the year in Midnight Blue and Misty Silver flavors.
Hardware-wise, the Xperia Arc — we had a hands-on with the device — features an 8.1-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R sensor (those into Sony camcorders might be familiar with the sensor and its name). The Exmor R sensor is a back-illuminated one which should translate [...]
Thanks to the need of smartphone OEM employees to share test photos amongst one another, sites like Picasa and Flickr are full of images captured with unreleased and, in some cases, unannounced devices. Most of these shots are about as inartistic as you can imagine: picture after picture of people’s keyboards, mice, and coffee mugs — when they’re not macro shots of the wall. However, there are always a few gems among the junk, and we’ve managed to collect decent snaps of almost every handset announced at CES. (Full disclosure: we cheated with the Inspire 4G and [...]
As part of its hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Greek site TechBlog.gr filmed a video demo showing off the HDMI-out feature of the smartphone and its behavior while connected to a flat panel display.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was launched with the occasion of this year’s CES and will be available in Q1 2011 globally. Available in Midnight Blue and Misty Silver flavors, we had our own hands-on with the 4.2-inch Reality Display screen smartphone which has a very sleek design and thin form factor.
Check out the HDMI-out demo video below where we take a [...]
There were many ways in which certain smartphones failed to deliver last year; we took a look at some of our biggest letdowns in our year-end wrap-up. Sure, we can be picky, but we expect a lot from these devices and the companies that make them. While most just keep on churning out new models, putting the past behind them, Sony Ericsson has taken the humbling step of admitting that last year’s phones didn’t really measure up, and is trying to convince phone buyers that it now knows how to succeed in 2011.
Steve Walker, the company’s acting global head of [...]
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 [...]
Sony Ericsson will be releasing its Xperia Arc smartphone in April, according to the company’s Indonesian site, which is telling customers to wait “three more months” for the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered handset. Not only is this a pretty broad window, it’s not all that surprising considering rumors of an April release for Arc’s future linemate, the so-called ‘PlayStation Phone.” The company filed for European trademarks on four Xperia brands last month, including Arc, Play, Neo, and Duo.
Arc, formerly known as X12 or by its codename, [...]
We took a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc yesterday thanks to a Russian website that ran a couple of pictures and specs of the upcoming smartphone and now Sony Ericsson has made it official.
The super slim (only 8.7mm at its thinnest part) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc — the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones — will be running the latest version of Google’s mobile platform, Android Gingerbread. It sports a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 4.2-inch TFT Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine running FWVGA (854 x 480) resolution protected by shatter [...]