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Comparison - Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

November 24, 2011
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus


21 November 2011 – If you like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S will impress you even more. It only took six months for Sony Ericsson to churn out a new one, and while it is not a complete revamp, there are some changes, so let’s break them down.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc


Surprisingly, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a cheaper retail price at RM 1899 compared to the RM 2099 price tag on the Sony Ericsson Xperia when it was first launched. Currently however, they share the same price but when attached to a Telco plan the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc becomes slightly more affordable, and comparing the RM 1699 Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc with 1.5GB data commitment on Maxis there is a RM 200 or 10 percent between both smartphones.        


There are plenty of similar specs including the same 4.2-inch LED backlit-LCD powered by a mobile Bravia engine, and if the original Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is any indication, we can still expect a very bright, clear display that will give off a great viewing experience.      


Both are Gingerbread (Android 2.3) devices skinned with the TimeScape UI, but the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is armed with the 2.3.4 build.


Lift up the hood, and you will spot an overclocked 1.4GHz processor on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S compared to the original 1GHz processor. That aside, there is still 512MB RAM on both smartphones and they share 320MB of internal storage plus and a microSD slot that goes up 32GB.


They are pound for pound the same phone physically and all those features are packed inside a thin, sleek 7.7mm chassis for both handsets. Sony Ericsson threw in a few more colours for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.


Connectivity options remain quite similar – there is WiFi support, WiFi hotspot and EDGE/GRPS.  There is HSPA connectivity too, but the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has an upgraded receiver that is able go 14.4Mbps on the downlink, compared to the 7.2Mbps receiver on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. A fancier connectivity option is DLNA which allows you to use your phone as a wireless streaming device to your TV or audio system. Both smartphones support HDMI-out too.


Both smartphones are with 8-megapixel imagers shooting 3264x2448 pixels which are improved with Sony’s Exmor sensors and are capable of recording of 720p videos. 


It is an easy pick for this round and it is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S that comes out on top which improves on the already great Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – with an overclocked processor, updated Android build and a new colours. Plus, there is also the minor difference in pricing between the both of them, which easily justifies your purchase.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (RRP RM 1899)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S


14.4Mbps HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4.2-inch touchscreen candybar, 8.0-megapixel camera, 320MB Memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android OS 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)


The Xperia Arc S is revised version of the original Xperia Arc. Sony Ericsson has bumped up the processor to 1.4GHz and added 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography. Among other features would be similar with the original Xperia arc including 4.2-inch Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine (480 x 854 resolution pixels), 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R image sensor, 320MB internal storage and supports microSD card up to 32GB.


Plus, Sony Ericsson has also introduced Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services to Xperia smartphones soon. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes in five colours, Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink. It is expected to release in October 2011.


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (RM 1220 – RM 1750 Telco discounts available)

 Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc


7.2Mbps HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4.2-inch touchscreen candybar, 8.0-megapixel camera, 320MB Memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) 


The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The Xperia Arc is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011. 


Super slim and light, the Xperia Arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has an extra wide 4.2-inch multi-touch screen. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector.


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