Xperia Arc Landing On Optus And VHA In April, Moto Defy Coming To Optus

A couple of Android bits and pieces for your Tuesday afternoon: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the stunningly designed Gingerbread smartphone that was unveiled at CES, has officially been announced for both Vodafone and Optus in April.

There's not a lot of info beyond the vague April release date. Unlike the Optus release of the Motorola Defy, which launched on March 1 for $0 up front on a $49 cap plan over 24 months. While there's not a lot of difference between the Optus and Telstra versions of the Defy (aside from the 900MHz band support as opposed to 850MHz), there is a new black and white design for the Optus version.

There's a thousand Android phones coming in the next few months - it's going to be tough deciding which one is the most appealing...


    I'm not a big fan of Sony's Android phones, but aesthetically speaking that is awesome looking hardware. Nice specs too. Let's hope Sony and the various carriers support it properly, with timely OS updates.

      SE phones have always been easy on the eye, but ever since they dropped Symbian they have had rather shallow phones. The X10 is probably the worst phone I have ever owned when looking at it in terms of price. I got it off ebay for $600 new without contract and unlocked and it was still terrible, it came standard with android 2.0 and only updated to 2.1 maybe five months ago.

      I was rather relieved after selling it off for $400 and trading up for a Samsung Galaxy Vibrant.

      I would normally have agreed with you previously (the X10 was an atrocity), but the new Xperia's seem to have learnt from past mistakes.

    That looks beautiful. I am dying to move to Telstra before I move rural but the Xperia Neo has just 320mb of internal memory and the other new Android on their line-up is the Desire S which is hardly an upgrade from my current Desire.


    The Arc uses a 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon, same as the HTC Desire S

    both the Motorola Atrix and LG Optimus 2x use a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset

    while the Samsung Galaxy S II uses a Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset

    does that mean the Arc and Desire S both lose out in terms of processing power?

    That is a really good looking phone, I can't wait to have a look at it and see if it lives up to it's looks in the flesh.

    Also, I can't wait to see if Sony Ericsson have learned from the utter software fail of the Xperia x10.

    Wouldn't even touch a SE Android device until they prove that they're willing and capable of releasing timely updates (something they dropped the ball with X10)


    I'm waiting for the Telstra release... That's when I'll get the wife one (I'm getting the Xperia Play for myself).

    All the vids of this phone look really jaggy. SE may not have learnt yet.

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