Last week we got a taste of how well Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Xperia Arc would handle taking pictures, but recently some lucky Italians got to dive a little bit deeper. In an 11-minute hands-on video, we get get the full hardware tour, and a deep dive into the software, including a new gallery homescreen widget, new options for TimeScape, a glimpse of the DLNA app, and a demonstration of the browser’s performance, complete with tabs and pinch-to-zoom.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was announced at CES just a few weeks ago, drawing a lot of attention for its slim 8.7mm profile, impressive 4.2-inch 854 x 480 Bravia display, 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel Exmor R CMOS camera sensor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a few custom tweaks.
The Arc is looking to be a marked improvement over Sony Ericsson’s last big-screen Android handset, the Xperia X10. It runs smoothly, prunes and grooms the OS customizations, and has really great camera software. I’d like to see the quality of the pictures though, as I was pretty disappointed in the X10’s shots, and it had an 8 megapixel sensor as well.
Take a look at the video below, but be sure to check out our hands-on too.