It was back in early April that we first heard of the Rogers Xperia arc and PLAY hitting the scene. At that time, Rogers announced a pre-order on both devices… both were pegged at $99.99 on the standard 3-year term.
Today, a couple of new pieces of information regarding the Xperia arc and PLAY for Canadians. First, Rogers has confirmed these devices will be available on April 28th. Mark your calendars. Second, Best Buy has opened up their very own per-order:
“Visit your local Best Buy Mobile and place down a $50 deposit. When the Xperia Arc or Xperia Play arrives in our stores, we will notify you immediately so you can get your phone ahead of everyone else. See in-store for details.”
The pre-order at Best Buy will cost you $50, and they’ll throw in 4,000 reward points (works out to about $50) for your troubles. Not too shabby. You can check out the pre-order here.
If you need a refresher on the Xperia arc and PLAY, here’s my description of the devices from a previous post:
The Xperia arc packs Android 2.3, a 4.2? (854 x 480) display, 8.1 MP camera with 2.46x smart zoom and video, 512 MB internal memory (expandable to 32GB via microSD), WiFi, GPS and more. Lots of power, lots of features, and in the end it’s a solid Android-powered handset. I’d call this the ‘business’ choice of the two.
On the flip-side of the coin is the Xperia PLAY. It packs very similar features, with one difference… a slide-out game pad for those that like to… well… play! The device is actually PlayStation certified, combining some awesome games with the fully functional slide out D-Pad for a more ‘hardcore’ gaming experience. It’s pretty nifty for sure, if you’re into that kind of thing. Other key specs include Android 2.3 OS, a 4? (854 x 480) display, 5.1 MP camera with 16x zoom and video, 512 MB internal memory (expandable to 32GB via microSD), WiFi and GPS.
Good times ahead for Playstation fans/gamers out there. Stay tuned for more.