Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro won’t have Xenon flash, it’s an Arc with NFC, mobile TV, and an IR sensor
It’s always sad when hopes are crushed by plain ol’ reality, but such a thing has happened again. Over the weekend, we’ve all been busy dreaming of the second ever Android smartphone to have a Xenon flash, which the Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro looked like it was going to be. Sure, this device was probably only headed to Japan, but one could hope that Sony Ericsson would release it worldwide after seeing the feedback. I mean, the first ever high-end Android device to have a Xenon flash (the Motorola Milestone XT720 is a midranger, let’s not forget)? With the decent(-ish) camera of the Arc on board, it could’ve single-handedly buried the Nokia N8, for example.
But no. Don’t weep, but it just isn’t happening. Full shots of the Acro from all angles have leaked, and they clearly show that the device will not have a Xenon flash. However, last week’s leak wasn’t lying. The space which the flash occupies is significantly larger than on the Arc, but not to accommodate a Xenon flash, which is bigger than the Arc’s single LED. No, it’s the way it is because the added infrared sensor is located right next to the still single LED flash.
Yes, IR sensors are still the rage in Japan. So what is the Acro after all? It’s just an Arc tailored for Japan, with added features that are must-haves for any decent smartphone that wants to sell in any decent numbers over there. Aside from the infrared sensor, there’s a mobile TV tuner, and mobile wallet support via NFC.
Because of the added tech, the Xperia Acro is heavier than the Xperia Arc (135 g vs. 117 g), and it’s also thicker at 11.8 mm compared to 8.7 mm. Its back isn’t concave like the Arc’s, and that makes the fact that Sony chose not to use the name Arc make a bit more sense.
Other than the differences listed above, for all intents and purposes, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. It’s got the same 4.2-inch screen, 8 MP Exmor R camera, 1 GHz processor, same everything. And naturally it runs Android, presumably version 2.3 Gingerbread like the Arc.
The Acro is expected to become available in Japan pretty soon, at least on DoCoMo, if not on other carriers as well.