IFA has begun and all the goodies are starting to show up. One of the main players to take the stage is Sony Ericsson, and they’ve just announced a new device: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.
As you can imagine, this is a beefed up version of the original Xperia Arc. Improvements include a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and an 8.1 MP camera. Sony Ericsson is known for good camera quality, and this device does not lag behind.
The Xperia Arc S camera comes packed with an Exmor R sensor. This camera seems to be the same one the older version carries, but it actually comes with a very interesting new feature. It now includes a 3D Sweep Panorama mode that allows you to take 2D panoramic pictures and transform them into 3D.
As you would expect, the rest of the specs look to be the same as the original Xperia Arc. This includes a 4.2-inch display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of internal storage with an 8 GB microSD card .(Supports cards of up to 32 GB).
Sony Ericsson has announced that the Xperia Arc will be available this October (globally) in five colors. If you want to differentiate yourself from the crowd, your options will be: Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink.
The changes are not revolutionary, but that processor should bring an extra boost to your experience. We do wish that Sony Ericsson had announced a new device, though, and not just an upgrade to a current smartphone. For more details, take a look at the press release and images posted below. We’d love to hear what you think. Are you getting your hands on one of these? If you’re a current Xperia Arc owner, are you satisfied with your device? Is it worth it to upgrade to this one?
Sony Ericsson unveils its fastest entertainment experiences to date with Xperia™ arc S 31 August 2011
Xperia™ arc S has a powerful 1.4 Ghz processor delivering up to 25% faster entertainment compared to Xperia arc ™
Winner of the EISA award “European Camera Phone 2011-2012″*
31st August 2011, Berlin, Germany – Sony Ericsson today unveiled Xperia™ arc S at Sony’s press conference in conjunction with IFA in Berlin. Taking the award-winning sleek design from Xperia arc*,the latest addition to the Xperia™ family has a processor upgraded to 1.4Ghz, Sony 3D sweep panorama technology and access to the Sony Entertainment Network services – “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited”**. Xperia™ arc S features 25% faster camera start up and media conversion , along with 20% faster web page rendering compared to Xperia™ arc***.
Consumers with a 2011 Xperia™ smartphone are now able to enjoy “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited” subject to market availability**:
“Music Unlimited” has a global catalogue of over 10 million unique songs**** with access to your personal music library and ad free radio channels across multiple devices.
“Video Unlimited” (currently exclusive to Sony Ericsson Xperia™) is the ultimate source for the latest Hollywood blockbusters, all-time classics, and TV shows from all major studios.
Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson said: “Xperia™ arc S is the fastest and most entertaining Xperia™ to date and it clearly demonstrates how the Xperia™ family are the best smartphones to experience great entertainment services such as Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited.”
In addition to these services, Xperia™ arc S includes best-in-class Sony technology such as 3D sweep panorama. 3D sweep panorama images can be captured and then viewed by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.
Xperia™ arc S also has a visually brilliant 4.2″ Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, an 8.1mp camera with HD video capability and Sony’s award winning Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor that enhances still images and videos even in low light conditions.
Consumers also have access to a uniquely social entertainment experience of sharing and discovery with Facebook inside Xperia™, plus the extensive world of Android with over 250,000 applications.
Xperia™ arc S at a glance:
Super fast 1.4 GHz processor
3D and 2D sweep panorama photography
8.1 MP camera with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor
4.2″ Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Latest Android™ platform Gingerbread 2.3
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc S will be available globally in selected markets from Q4 2011.
For full details all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog:
* Xperia™arc S and Xperia™ arc are winners of the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award for European Camera Phone 2011-2012. Xperia™ arc is also the winner of the prestigious red dot Product Design Award 2011
** Availability of Sony Entertainment Network services:
“Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited” are expected to become available on Xperia™ arc S and launch timing will vary by region. Customers will be notified when services are available.
Markets for Video Unlimited: USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Australia, Canada and Japan
Markets for Music Unlimited: USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK, France, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand
*** Based on internal tests.
**** The number of songs available from this catalogue varies by region
Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 117 grams
Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
Processor: 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
3D sweep panorama
8.1 megapixel camera
16x smart zoom
HD video recording (720p)
Send to web
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
Sony Ericsson Music Player
TrackID™ music recognition
xLOUD™ Loudness Enhancement Technology
Google Voice™ Search
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)
Facebook inside Xperia™ 2.0
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
Swipe to write
* This service may not be available in every market
Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Google Gallery 3D
3.5 mm audio jack
Google Maps™ with Street View
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google Sync™
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®
USB mass storage
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
16,777,216 colour TFT
854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass
Phone memory (user-free): Up to 320MB
Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 7 hrs 25 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 460 hrs*
Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs 35 min*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 460 hrs*
Music listening time: Up to 37 hrs*
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 25 min*
In the kit
Xperia™ arc S
Stereo portable handsfree
8GB microSD™ memory card
Micro USB cable for charging
Synchronisation and file transfer
*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage
1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.