Samsung made a big deal about having the thinnest phone in the world with the Infuse 4G (which is a great handset with one of the best screens out there), but it seems that Sony Ericsson has got that title back with one of their Xperia smartphones – the Arc.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Whereas the Infuse 4G was a measly 0.4 mm thinner than the iPhone 4, the new Xperia Arc manages to beat that record by another 0.3 mm, being a 8.7 mm thin smartphone, and it looks and feels simply amazing.
Crystal clear display and high performance in a very attractive package
The Xperia Arc has a very beautiful 4.2 inch 854×480 wide screen display that shows 16 million colors and uses the proprietary Bravia engine to show you one of the most beautiful pictures you’ve ever seen on a smartphone. And it only gets better when you turn the phone around and see how slim it is!
The overall design is also very nice – the Xperia Arc has a metal body that looks just a bit arced (hence the name), which looks very elegant and sleek and sits well in your hand. Sony Ericsson have also made the top and bottom lips bigger to allow an easier two hands operation, and it really shows when you’re typing some text, playing a game or browsing the Web in landscape mode.
The most sensitive HD camera you’ll find on a smartphone
Dedicated camera phones aside, the Xperia Arc beats any other smartphone cameras by a mile with the new 8 megapixels Exmor R sensor, which lets you take amazing pictures and shoot beautiful HD video in any conditions – from the middle of a sunny day to a full moon, without any troubles. You can then output your masterpiece to any TV, monitor or projector using the integrated mini HDMI port in full HD, or enjoy a movie on the go whenever you want on the 4.2 inch display of the phone.
Enough processing power for any applications
The Xperia Arc features the new and improved second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC that brings more performance at lower power consumption and a brand new Adreno 205 graphics adapter, which can finally compete with the PowerVR SGX540 (the current top mobile video card) on equal terms and adds support for hardware HD video decoding that lets you watch any video files on your phone without converting or downsizing them on a desktop computer first.
Joined by 512 MB of DDR2 RAM, the MSM8255 can easily do anything you want, from managing your daily tasks in Astrid to editing documents, surfing the Web, playing beautiful games and, hey, why not, stream videos directly from YouTube and Netflix in HD!
The Xperia Arc is certainly a great smartphone, and people who want a stylish looking device to help them in their everyday tasks will definitely love it. The only thing to be wary here is Sony Ericsson’s OS update policies, which weren’t very good until now, with a lot of Xperia phones still running the old 2.1 or even 1.6 versions of Android.