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Sony Ericsson unveils its Xperia Arc S smartphone

Not much of an upgrade
Wed Aug 31 2011, 17:17

PHONE MAKER Sony Ericsson has added a letter to its Xperia Arc for an upgraded version of the smartphone.

There isn't a whole lot of change when you compare the Xperia Arc S to the original Xperia Arc. The main difference is an upgraded processor, from 1GHz to 1.4GHz, and an Exmor R sensor has been added to the 8MP rear facing camera.

sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-s-android-gingerbread-smartphoneNikolaus 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."

The Xperia Arc S will come pre-loaded with the latest version of Android Gingerbread, 2.3.4 to be precise, which will include Sony's 3D panorama photography. However, the Xperia Arc will get an upgrade to this version in October, along with other Xperia phones, which possibly will be before the Xperia Arc S will be available because its availability is only set for the fourth quarter of the year.

Sony claims the upgrades mean the Xperia Arc S is 25 per cent quicker at starting the camera app and can load web pages 20 per cent faster than the Xperia Arc. The newer Xperia Arc S smartphone will also have access to the Sony Entertainment Network services for music and video.

The Xperia Arc S has had a downgrade in one area of its specifications sheet. Compared to the Xperia Arc that we reviewed earlier, the Xperia Arc S has less internal memory at 320MB compared to 1GB. With nothing outstanding about the Xperia Arc S, we will suggest that you get hold of the original Xperia Arc and wait for the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update. µ


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