Even today, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is one of the sexiest phones to ever exist in my book, hindered only by its late 2010 specs. Well, Sony Ericsson just announced the Xperia Arc S, and slightly beefed-up Arc with a 1.4GHz processor. Whether or not it’s enough to make us want to pick one up is another story but it’s still the sexy beast we’ve come to love.
So what exactly does this spec bump bring to the tablet? Well, Sony Ericsson claims the 1.4GHz CPU will allow camera start-up and media conversion times to be up to 25% faster, and 20% faster web page rendering compared to the original. You’ll also see some new features like Sony 3D panorama shot, as well as Music and Video Unlimited.
While the extra speed bump is welcomed, we’re definitely wondering if this is enough to make the purchase worth while. In a world of dual-core phones that are slowly approaching 1.5GHz, a single core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz seems terribly slow, as capable as it actually may be. Still, it’s hard to deny that Sony Ericsson has a great eye for design and it’s hard not to want this phone on aesthetics alone.
You’ll still be able to take advantage of everything the original Arc sported, like the 4.2 inch Reality display, 8.1 megapixel camera is Exmor R image sensor, and the latest version of Gingerbread. The press released (below) says that the Arc S will be available globally in Q4 of 2011. Hopefully that translates to a US version that will land on one of the four major carrier’s shelves, and not just unlocked.
You’ll be able to grab the Arc in handful of colors like Sakura Pink, Gloss Black, Midnight Blue, and Pure White. Head over to the official Arc S site for more information.
Is the modest spec bump enough for you to want the Xperia Arc S? Sound off in the comments!
31st August 2011, Berlin, Germany – Sony Ericsson today unveiled Xperia™ arc S at Sony’s press conference in conjunction with IFA in Berlin. Taking the award-winning sleek design from Xperia arc,the latest addition to the Xperia™ family has a processor upgraded to 1.4Ghz, Sony 3D sweep panorama technology and access to the Sony Entertainment Network services – “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited”. Xperia™ arc S features 25% faster camera start up and media conversion , along with 20% faster web page rendering compared to Xperia™ arc.
Consumers with a 2011 Xperia™ smartphone are now able to enjoy “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited” subject to market availability:
“Music Unlimited” has a global catalogue of over 10 million unique songs with access to your personal music library and ad free radio channels across multiple devices.
“Video Unlimited” (currently exclusive to Sony Ericsson Xperia™) is the ultimate source for the latest Hollywood blockbusters, all-time classics, and TV shows from all major studios.
Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson said: “Xperia™ arc S is the fastest and most entertaining Xperia™ to date and it clearly demonstrates how the Xperia™ family are the best smartphones to experience great entertainment services such as Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited.”
In addition to these services, Xperia™ arc S includes best-in-class Sony technology such as 3D sweep panorama. 3D sweep panorama images can be captured and then viewed by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.
Xperia™ arc S also has a visually brilliant 4.2” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, an 8.1mp camera with HD video capability and Sony’s award winning Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor that enhances still images and videos even in low light conditions.
Consumers also have access to a uniquely social entertainment experience of sharing and discovery with Facebook inside Xperia™, plus the extensive world of Android with over 250,000 applications.
Xperia Arc S Specifications:
- Super fast 1.4 GHz processor
- 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography
- 8.1 MP camera with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor
- 4.2“ Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
- Latest Android™ platform Gingerbread 2.3
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc S will be available globally in selected markets from Q4 2011.