The Xperia Arc

In an era of modern smartphones, the joint venture of the two tech Giants ‘Sony’ and ‘Ericsson’ failed to gain the respect as Samsung, HTC or Apple did. Their flagship device, the Xperia X10 received an ‘underdog’ treatment from the world market. Sony Ericsson lost the game in almost every aspects like the outdated Software and also in the Hardware front. The lack of multi touch increased the gap between the consumers and the device.

About three quarters later, Sony Ericsson has come up with a competitor which made the techies to turn their heads around at CES, and count SE as a key competitor in the smart phone market. The XPERIA ARC is “the result of the failures and boos it got from the X10”. Here are my first impressions of the device .


A foreword, the XPERIA ARC is the latest announcement from Sony Ericsson in CES 2011. The device is power packed with the latest 1GHz silicon from QUALCOMM. The other key features include  :

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (am not kiddin)
  • The 4.2 “ (480X854) “Reality Display” (LED)  powered by the mobile BRAVIA engine
  • The 8.1 Mega pixels camera with EXMOR R sensor
  • Mini HDMI out
  • 720p video recording
  • The Timescape UI
The XPERIA ARC borrowed the design cues from Google Nexus S when googled from the sides. The Front panel has a flat surface whereas the Back panel is a concaved “ARC” (This is where the name arises from). The middle portion of the device is just 8.7mm, the thinnest in any smart phone at the moment. The side lines and borders are beautifully crafted to provide us some great feel while holding the device.


The soul of the device is the latest Android version for smart phones from Google, the Gingerbread. The creamy Timescape UI on the top from Sony Ericsson makes the Gingerbread even tastier. Hope Sony Ericsson provides us the Android updates in time (fingers crossed).


Sony Ericsson calls the LED backlit display as the ‘Reality Display’. The display measures 4.2” on its diagonal which counts 480X854 pixels. It is powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine which produces Enhanced Contrast, Richer Colors and less image noise. They also claims that the light reflection is reduced so as to provide clear picture in outdoors.

EXMOR R photo sensor

Be it day or dusk, no worries when you are accompanied by your EXMOR R sensor powered XPERIA ARC. The back illuminated sensor created and introduced by SONY in February 2009, the EXMOR R performs like a champion in low light challenging situations. It also acquires more light than a normal sensor of its size could do, thus reducing the image noise.A worthy competitor to the Nokia N8, perhaps ?

Advantages over x10 :

  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
  • Multi touch display with BRAVIA Engine
  • Improved Timescape UI
  • EXMOR R sensor
  • Sleek and Sexy design

I believe that the final words are always powerful. Here they come. In order to distinguish the ARC as a typical Sony Ericsson they have forgot to employ a front facing camera for Video Calling. Even Sony Ericsson’s CEO Bert Nordberg can’t justify the move, Come on SE, my 3 and a half years old Sony Ericsson phone has one. Only the so called XPERIA PLAY (Playstation phone) can make your future blossom.

This post has been contributed by guest author Gangadharan, follow him on twitter @gangzz18

Comments on: "Xperia ARC : Impressions from a fan" (1)

  1. Sounds like a good phone 🙂

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