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CES 2011: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Hands On

A new Android smartphone was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas from the folks at Sony Ericsson.  The Xperia Arc offers a new load of features that impresses many through it’s new sleek design resembling a candy bar and tapered-off edges.

The phone runs a new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system and it is the first phone to operate under Sony’s Bravia Engine for their mobile display.  The Bravia Engine is the same engine seen in many of their television products.  The device will be able to output full 1080p HD video via an HDMI connection.

The phone measures 4.2-inches with a touch screen boasting over 16 million colors; that equates to around 854×480 pixels.  The exterior includes a microSD slot for multimedia, three physical buttons (controlling back, home and menu), a 2.5mm headset jack, allowing Sony to push this device as “the world’s thinnest smartphone.”  The phone sports Sony’s Exmor R for mobile, allowing for “best-in-class low-light video and photo capture.”  Stereo bluetooth is made available among other multimedia features including a digital media player, HD video recording as well as a 8.1MP camera for the previously mentioned Exmor R photo and video capturing.

Users will find a full WebKit browser, text and multimedia messaging, Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi, USB mass-storage, 512MB of memory, assisted GPS, as well other Google Apps that come with Android.

Pricing and carrier availability was not made available however, the phone will be available in select markets in the end of the first quarter and the Arc will be offered in color choices of midnight blue and misty silver.

Jon Rettinger got a full look at the device and he says that “this is definitely one of those devices that needs to held to be appreciated. It’s extremely thin, but manages to feel sturdy.”  In this video, he shares some of his impressions as well as an overview from a representative at the Sony Ericsson booth at CES.


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