Sony Ericsson has unveiled a successor to its Xperia Arc smartphone called the Xperia Arc S that features a faster processor and more entertainment options. This new handset comes running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has access to Sony's "Unlimited" brand of video and music services.
The Xperia Arc S features a 4.2-inch 854x480 Reality Display and comes preloaded with an 8GB microSD card. Although the upgraded 1.4GHz processor is still single-core, Sony claims that it now has a 25 percent improvement in overall speed, including in the start up of the camera, and a 20 percent increase in page rendering speeds for web browsing.
It has an 8.1-megapixel with LED flash that utilizes an Exmor R image sensor for enhanced image quality and can take 2D and 3D pictures in panorama mode. As for entertainment, it now has access to Sony's Music Unlimited and newly renamed Video Unlimited services that offer a catalog of 10 million songs, radio channels, movies, and TV shows.
The handset is expected to ship to select markets later this fall, with a release date for the UK reportedly in October. Dates for the US have not been revealed and neither has any pricing information.