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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Informr score
The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
1 GHz
1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
1500 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Arc is Sony Ericsson’s first Gingerbread droid, the first to have the new Reality display and Sony’s new Exmor R camera sensor. They’ve given it the best they have but the tech inside doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s the bold lines and compelling elegance that sho...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Top Ten Reviews
Top Ten Reviews

The Xperia arc has a Gingerbread operating system and a Snapdragon processor. It runs on the 3G network and is the thinnest phone we reviewed. It only has one camera, on the back, but it has an 8.1MP resolution. This phone comes with a video and camera image stabilizer so you can get clear shots, ev...

- Top Ten Reviews Team, Top Ten Reviews

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is an expensive proposition but it is currently the most powerful Android device in the market and certainly the prettiest looking one too. But, with the dual core smartphone armada led by the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the LG Optimus 2x arriving Indian shores, the Xperia Ar...

- Sahil Mohan Gupta, NDTV

If you like your smartphones sleek and slim yet still packed with features, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc should be high on your list. It's among the thinnest phones in its class yet packs in a large high quality screen, has a better camera than most – with a shutter button, and has all the con...

- Edward Chester , TrustedReviews
Mobile Syrup
Mobile Syrup

The Xperia arc is the phone the X10 should have been, and the one consumers have been waiting a year to see whether Sony Ericsson could actually make. In many ways it lives up to the hype; it’s beautiful, almost tender form-factor; a camera that puts most others to shame; a usable, restrained...

- Daniel Bader , Mobile Syrup

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Common Questions

Sony backs up the Ericsson Xperia arc with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Ericsson Xperia arc has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc's screen size is 4.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

320 MB

Internal memory is 320 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1500 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 18 days standby time, 420 minutes.

Ericsson Xperia arc Specs

Release Date February 8, 2011
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm 1 GHz
Internal Storage 320 MB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.87 W/kg
Body: 1.43 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Night mode, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Scratch-resistant glass
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 420 minutes
Standby Time Up to 18 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 cm (4.9 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 117 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC+, AAC, WAV, QCP
Video Playback Formats: H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Viewable document types: DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Games: Yes
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Sony Ericsson Anzu, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X12, Sony LT15a

HDMI port 16 GB MicroSD Card & HDMI Cable included
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