Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc Has New Type Of Display

What the hell, Sony Ericsson? “Reality Display”!? Are you just jealous of Apple’s Retina Display; Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus and LG’s NOVA buzzwords? Whatever. This Android Gingerbread phone is slim at 8.7mm – yes, a new “world’s slimmest” phone.

You’ve got to feel for LG really, who had barely a day riding the “world’s slimmest” float with their 9.2mm Optimus Black, and before it the iPhone 4G, which is a shade thicker.

The Arc has a 4.2-inch Reality Display, which they say brings a brighter, clearer picture than other displays. There’s an 8.1MP camera on the back (no forward-facing cam here), and two colour options. “Colour options!”, I hear you say. Yes: midnight blue and misty silver. Wowsers.

It’ll hit shops sometime in the next few months.

January 5, 2011, Las Vegas, USA – Sony Ericsson today unveils the new Xperia™ arc smartphone with cutting edge Sony technology and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android™ platform – 2.3. Xperia™ arc is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011.

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We’re starting strong in 2011 by introducing our most exciting Xperia™ product yet. Xperia™ arc combines state-of-the-art Sony technology with breathtaking design to entertain and wow consumers. All on the latest Android™ release.”

Xperia™ arc takes the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known for to a new level. Super slim and light, Xperia™ arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has a extra wide 4.2″ multi-touch screen. Created from premium materials and with a stunning arc body, this smartphone is sleek, strong and designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand. The best of Sony technology is inside Xperia™ arc. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Furthermore, Sony’s award-winning Exmor R™ for mobile sensor with the f/2.4 lens enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector.

Xperia™ arc will launch on the latest version of the Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available on the Android market. Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast Internet to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc – Key features

Slim, lightweight and strong, with perfect ergonomics

Extra wide 4.2″ multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile: for best-in-class low-light photography and video capture

8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability

Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained

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:

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc at a glance


8.1 megapixel camera

Up to 2.46x smart zoom

Aperture f/2.4

Auto focus

Face detection


Geo tagging

Image stabilizer

Noise suppression

Send to web

Smile detection

Sony Exmor R™ for mobile CMOS sensor

Touch Focus

Touch capture

Video light

Video recording, HD 720p


Album art

Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

Media player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNow™ service*

TrackID™ music recognition application

* This service may not be available in every market



Google™ search

NeoReader™ barcode scanner

Pan & zoom

Web browser (WebKit)


Call list

Conference calls

Facebook™ application*

Sony Ericsson Timescape™


Vibrating alert

* This service may not be available in every market




Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)


Auto rotate

Keyboards (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Reality display

Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine


Wallpaper animation


* This service may not be available in every market

3D games

Media browser

Motion gaming

Radio (FM)

Video streaming

Video viewing

YouTube™ *


Android™ OS

Alarm clock



Document readers

Flight mode

Infinite button

Phone book


3.5 mm audio jack


Bluetooth™ technology

Google Maps™




USB mass storage

USB support


Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation *

* This service may not be available in every market

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Market™ Client


Google Calendar™

Google Gallery 3D™

Google Latitude™

Google Maps™ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google Music Player™

Google Phone-top Search

Google Search widget

Google Sync™

Google Talk™

Google Voice Search

Set-up Wizard



Sony Mobile Bravia Engine

16,777,216 colour TFT

Capacitive multi-touch

4.2 inches

854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA)

Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant mineral glass



Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc

Battery (1500mAh)

Stereo portable handsfree

Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer

User documentation


Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 117 grams

Phone memory: Up to 512 MB

Memory card support: up to 32 GB

Memory card included: microSD™ 8 GB

Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3

Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm

Availability and versions


UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900


Midnight Blue

Misty Silver

Have you subscribed to Gizmodo Australia's email newsletter? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Trending Stories Right Now