Sony Ericsson Philippines introduced today, March 29, 2011 both the Xperia arc and the Xperia neo with the former being billed as the company's flagship smartphone. Running on the latest Android OS, Gingerbread. , the Xperia arc and the Xperia neo promise to be faster, smoother, and more responsive.
The system actively manages open applications, which means that performance and battery life are maximized. And, with over 150,000 free apps to download from the Android Market, the Xperia arc should be a welcome alternative to Apple's iPhone.
Though I love my iPhone4--and I haven't had any complaints so far with it--I'm open to what Android has to offer. And while there are other Android-based mobile brands that could probably bite a chunk out of iOS' control of the smartphone market, you can never really go wrong with Sony Ericsson.
With the Xperia arc, I was really impressed first and foremost with the graphics. When I arrived at the launch venue, I immediately noticed some of the guests crowding around a television monitor and as I moved closer, I saw for the first time the Xperia arc connected to the Sony flat-screen via HDMI.
The images displayed, in amazing quality if I may add, on the screen were from the Xperia arc and I would later find out that this is due to the Mobile BRAVIA Engine with its Reality Display LCD technology, which delivers exceptional visual brilliance and crystal clear images that enhance the overall experience.
The Xperia arc also has Exmor R mobile sensor that helps shoot stills and videos in low light conditions. This, according to Sony Ericsson Philippines Marketing Manager Patrick Larraga, is the brand's way of giving consumers full entertainment capability with the Xperia arc.
I had the opportunity to tinker with the handset and even without help from the staff, I found the navigation quite easy. The Xperia arc felt nice on my hands and the user interface was indeed responsive. It is just 8.7mm thick at its thinnest part and while it felt solidly-built, I still couldn't help but worry about accidentally cracking it in half.
Here are the Xperia arc's specs:
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc – Key featuresAccording to Sony Ericsson Philippines, when the Xperia arc rolls out in April, specially marked kits will come with the AN-400 Sony Ericsson car charger and the promo will only be for a month. Both the arc and the neo will also be released with an HD game promotion where customers can choose three out of ten HD game titles to download until June 30, 2011. Choices include Asphalt 5, Tom Clancy's HAWX, Assasin's Creed, and Real Football 2011.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q1 in the colours Midnight Blue and Misty Silver.
Check out the Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information:http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/productsSony Ericsson Xperia™ arc at a glanceCamera
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To give you an idea of the Xperia arc's gaming capabilities (and how good I am at Angry Birds) here's a video:
The Xperia arc has an SRP of P29,990. For more details and promos, join the Sony Ericsson PH Facebook community at www.Facebook.com/sonyericssonph