Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia Arc S

The latest version of Sony Ericsson's Arc Android smartphone gets a bump in processing speed and more multimedia content.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes with a faster processor and more entertainment options than its predecessor. Sony Ericsson

In addition to showing off an Android-based Walkman prototype , Sony Ericsson took the wraps off its latest Android smartphone at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin today.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a follow-up to the Xperia Arc and brings a faster 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and more entertainment options. These include access to Sony Entertainment's Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services, with a catalog of 10 million songs, radio channels, and the latest movies and TV shows. As for performance improvements, Sony Ericsson says the Xperia Arc S delivers 25 percent faster camera startup and 20 percent faster Web page rendering than its predecessor.

The smartphone has an 8.1-megapixel camera with an Exmor R image sensor and 2D and 3D sweep panorama technology. Other notable features of the Xperia Arc S are a 4.2-inch, 854x480-pixel Reality Display, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, HDMI out, and a preloaded 8GB microSD card.

The quad-band GSM handset is expected to ship to select markets worldwide in the fourth quarter, but pricing was not announced at this time.

Read the full CNET Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (midnight blue)

The Bottom Line: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a beautiful handset with some great features, but a high price tag and no network optimization leave few reasons to buy this unlocked Android phone. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (misty siliver)

The Bottom Line: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a beautiful handset with some great features, but a high price tag and no network optimization leave few reasons to buy this unlocked Android phone. / Read full review

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