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Sony Ericsson Unveils Android 2.3 Xperia Phone

1/24/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

LAS VEGAS — Sony Ericsson went to International CES
with its first Android smartphone to use the latest Android 2.3
(Gingerbread) OS.

The Xperia arc will be the company’s fourth Android phone
in the U.S., joining the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro,
a spokesman said.

The new model, which is only 8.7mm thin at its thinnest
part, is due in select global markets in the first quarter, but the
company didn’t say whether it would be available in the U.S.
at that time.

When it comes to the U.S., it will operate in 3G HSPA mode
in the U.S. 800/850/1900MHz bands as well as in the overseas
2.1GHz band.

The new model features 4.2-inch 854 by 480-pixel multitouch
touchscreen with proprietary Reality Display and Mobile
Bravia Engine, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, DLNA certification,
Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, included 8GB MicroSD card,
512MB embedded memory, support for 32GB cards, HDMI
output, 8.1-megapixel camera, and Sony Exmor R CMOS
sensor for low-light photography and HD-video capture.

Like other Sony Ericsson phones, the arc features Timescape,
which consolidates all types of messages with a particular
person, whether SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter or pictures.
Other key features include stereo Bluetooth, FM tuner
and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

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