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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

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Sony has announced a new generation of new Xperia smartphones for 2011 using the Android platform version 2.3, and the first out of the gate is the Xperia Arc, which promises a strong multimedia experience along with strong visuals. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a slim, lightweight phone that’s designed to fit perfectly in your hand. Because of Sony Exmor R™ for mobile, the phone has the best-in-class low-light photography and video capture. HD video recording and high resolution camera ensures you’ll be able to capture moments in stunning clarity.

Features List:

-Slim, lightweight and strong, with perfect ergonomics

-4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA

-Sony Exmor R for mobile

-8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability

-Android Market

Press Release:

06 January 2011

Xperia™ arc combines stunning design with Sony technology on Android™ platform version 2.3

Newest addition to the Xperia™ range delivers visual brilliance and the ultimate multimedia experience

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.

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