Comparison - Sony Xperia S vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
by Jonathan Cheah
29 January 2012 - The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S was announced in September 2011 and the Sony Xperia S was announced during CES 2012. The latter device is the successor to the Arc S, and also the third in the series, the first being the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. You may have noticed that Ericsson is no longer a partner in the venture, and we writers just love the shorter brand just fine.
Visually, the older device looks a little more enticing with its curvy edges. The new device has dropped the word ‘Arc’ from its name and consequently has none of the curved edges on the older Arc devices.
The Sony Xperia S is a little heavier (144 vs 117g) and larger (4.3 vs 4.2-inch screen) and has much better screen resolution (720 x 1280 pixels against 480 x 854 pixels). The camera is now a 12-megapixel one against the 8-megapixel camera of the preceding device, and it records 1080p video, a step up from the 720p video of the older device.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S runs a 1.4MHz single-core processor against the faster 1.5MHz dual-core processor on the newer device. The newer Xperia S also has double the system memory (1024 vs 512 MB RAM).
On paper alone, the Sony Xperia S outdoes the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S at almost everything, which is about as much as we expect for a newer version of any phone. However, the Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on both devices may prove to be a handicap in a time when its rivals are gearing up with Android OS 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich).
We do expect the Sony Xperia S to be introduced in Malaysia at around RM2000, which is what new Sony flagships cost these days. When it will show up is something we can’t quite tell you yet, but last year the Sony Ericsson Arc was in Malaysia within a month of CES. It makes sense that this will go on sale fairly quickly, before the older Android OS is no longer wanted by consumers.
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Sony Xperia S (£389.99 approx. RM 1900)
3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 12.0 MP camera, 32GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Sony Xperia S was announced at CES 2012 with a 4.3-inch 720p display and some pretty impressive specs - a gap-free laminated Reality Display. The Xperia S features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12-megapixel Exmor R camera sensor, NFC support, and PlayStation certification.
According to Sony, it’ll come with Android 2.3 and not Ice Cream Sandwich, at least not until second quarter of the year. And the Xperia S comes in black and white – for now.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (RRP RM 1899)
3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 320 MB Memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android OS 2.3 (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 colors, Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink. It is expected to release in October 2011.
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