Sony Ericsson clearly feel the need for speed as they take the wraps off their fastest flagship Android phone to date, the arc S, sporting a 1.4GHz (although sadly single-core) processor. It has the same graceful sweeping curved back of its supermodel thin predecessor, that gorgeous 4.2-inch Reality Display with the BRAVIA Engine, but benefits from a 25% increase in camera start up and media conversion something that will prove useful when coupled with the new 2D and 3D sweep panorama photography feature.
The rest of the tech line-up is equally impressive:
- 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor
- 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography
- 8.1MP camera with Exmor R
- 16M colour 4.2-inch display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
- Gingerbread 2.3 OS
The arc S, along with other 2011 Xperia smartphones, will benefit from access to the Sony Entertainment Network Services (SENS) “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited”. Both of which will sync with a number of TVs and the PlayStation 3 console via the Internet.
Formerly known as Qriocity, SENS, boasts a library of 10 million songs and a raft of blockbuster movies and TV shows to buy or rent. The music service is provided by Ominfone, the same company that is powering BlackBerry BBM Music and plans start from £3.99 a month.
The arc S should be available in October in five metallic finishes, Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and a striking Sakura Pink!