The Xperia Arc S is Sony Ericsson’s current flagship smartphone. The company is rather slow to adopt new tech into its devices (it still doesn’t have a dual-core processor inside any of its phones), but may compensate for that with some interesting software tweaks (Facebook inside Xperia, for example) and design. That said, sales-wise, Sony Ericsson isn’t doing all that great, so perhaps the Arc S can help it publish some better results in the future.
After going on sale in SIM-free and unlocked form in the UK in September, the Xperia Arc S now looks set to do the exact same thing in the US. Sony’s online store already lists the superphone, alongside a $499.99 price tag. Although unlocked, this SKU is clearly destined for use on AT&T’s 4G HSPA network, since it comes with all the right bands for that and no love for T-Mobile. Of course you can still use EDGE on TMo, but in 2011 why you’d want to do that is beyond us.
The online store now says that the Xperia Arc S will start shipping tomorrow, but be advised that yesterday it said it would do that today – so, regarding the actual release date, things still feel a bit murky. But if you’re desperate to get your hands on the Arc S, of course you’ll run to Sony’s store and order one nevertheless. Regardless of when, you will surely be among the first people in the US to own one. That’s got to count, right?