Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc announced, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread; or is it Android 2.4?

Initially known as Sony Ericsson Anzu, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has been officially announced at CES 2011, where SE presented it as the “most exciting Xperia product yet.”

The Arc features a 4.2 inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine for delivering “exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience.”

The 8MP autofocus camera found on the back of the Xperia Arc uses a Sony Exmor R sensor with a f/2.4 lens which “enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light.”

The new smartphone’s “arc body” is very thin (only 8.7mm at its thinnest part) and is crafted from premium materials.

Other features:

  • UMTS/HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Wi-Fi
  • DLNA
  • aGPS
  • Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • PlayNow and TrackID
  • Motion gaming
  • NeoReader barcode scanner
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Facebook app
  • HDMI
  • 8GB memory card pre-installed
  • 1Ghz Snapdragon processor
  • 1500 mAh battery

The Xperia Arc officially runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, Tweakers.net has found an Arc prototype that seems to be running Android 2.4 – which, if it really exists, is probably just a minor update to Gingerbread.

Xperia Arc video promos:

The new Xperia “will be available in most markets from late Q1 to Q2 this year”, so we should see it hitting the shelves sometime in March or April. Its price has not been unveiled, but it will surely be on the high side.

Via Press release

Author: Florin

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