Making its debut at CES 2011, the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc seems to be shaping up as worthy Android device. If you missed the basic specs, the arc features a 4.2-inch screen powered by mobile Bravia Engine, a 1 GHz processor, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The Xperia arc also seems to be running Sony's updated UX interface, with what is said to be Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread). So is this version of the device the final product for consumers? Not according to Sony Ericsson.
Rikard Skogberg of Sony Ericsson posted a few comments on the official product blog page to answer several questions which have popped up about the Arc's current hardware and software specs. He has been using a model of the Xperia arc himself, which is still in its early stages, and says there will be more changes to some of the arc's software before launch.
Skogberg notes that more videos and details will come, but for now you can check out the initial hands-on video and comments below, or head to the official Sony blog for the full version.
- The CPU and GPU specs are: MSM8255 at 1 GHz with Adreno 205.
- The music player does have an equalizer, my current software has 10 different genre based presets.
- It does not have a front-facing camera.
- Mediascape is removed in its earlier form and has changed into a customizable widget based "media pane" (as shown briefly in the video)
- It's too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for Xperia arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner.
- I've seen articles around higher numbers than 2.3 being seen in the display of Xperia arc phones – As I have been informed that is due to a misconfiguration in some samples and nothing to get too excited about really, sorry.
- It does have two microphones which will be used for noise suppression during phone calls.
- The camera LED flash is possible to put in four different modes; Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye Reduction & Off.
- It does have full multi touch support, I just tried a similar multi touch test app as I did in the video on the X10 and at least in that app it accepts 4 simultaneous touch points without any issues with X- and Y-axis or such things. I will try to get confirmation on final specs in regards to multi touch.
- It does support wi-fi up to the 802.11n mode.