Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Confirms Honeycomb Doesn’t Need a Dual-Core Processor

Sony Ericsson has introduced the newest member of the Xperia family to the world, which goes by the name of arc. We first encountered what was believed to be the slimline handset on a billboard outside the Las Vegas Convention Centre yesterday and while the arc isn’t quite as skinny as the LG Optimus Black, its thinnest part still measures a pocket friendly 8.7mm.

The arc has also hit headlines for being one of the first smartphones confirmed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was previously thought to be for tablets only. The news also quashes reports that the upcoming Google software requires a dual-core processor to work properly, as the arc sports a  very respectable 1GHz Qulcomm CPU. Sony Ericsson’s MD of the UK and Ireland, Nathan Vautier broke the news at an earlier briefing confirming that an update for Honeycomb will arrive as and when it becomes available. Until then, the newly announced handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The rest of its specs include:

  • An ‘extra wide’ 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display, which the manufacturer says delivers “exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image,” with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution.
  • 512MB of memory
  • 8.1 megapixel camera capable of HD video recording with Sony’s Exmor R technology which allows you to take good photos in low light conditions.
  • HDMI-out
  • DLNA
  • Bluetooth
  • aGPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 32GB microSD card slot

The Sony Ericsson arc is due for UK release in Q1 with a more specific date and price point to come.

2 thoughts on “Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Confirms Honeycomb Doesn’t Need a Dual-Core Processor

    • Hey Paul,

      In the official Sony Ericsson arc press release, the arc is said to be running Android version 2.3. We were also under the impression that Android 3.0 Honeycomb was only for tablets, but the news that the arc is running Honeycomb came from Tech Radar, who reported that Nathan Vautier (MD for the UK and Ireland) confirmed the handset would get an upgrade to the software during a briefing yesterday.

      It’s all a little up in the air still about whether Honeycomb is soley for tablets, but we’re reporting on any new developments as they happen so there is a chance that this could change again/until Google step in to clear everything up. We’ll keep you posted!


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