Sony Ericsson has just announced a new addition to its Xperia branded of Android handsets, the Xperia Arc S. As the name suggests, the Arc S is similar to the original Arc, except that a faster processor powers it.
Instead of the 1GHz Snapdragon chip found on the Arc, the S sports a faster 1.4GHz single-core processor, with the same GPU (Adreno 205) and the same amount of RAM (512MB). Other than the faster processor, the Arc S is a blatant copy of the Arc, which includes its slim waistline of 8.7mm. Like the original, the S sports the same 4.2-inch FWVGA (854×480) Reality Display, with the Mobile Bravia engine. The original Arc was always praised for its 8MP Exmor R camera, and the S retains the same camera. The S is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution with stereo recording.
Other key features of the Arc S include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, FM radio, microHDMI port and a bunch of sensors. The Arc S will come with the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will also include the software enhancements announced by Sony last week, including 3D Sweep panorama and the ability to play 3D content on a 3DTV using the micro-HDMI port. The Arc S will be available in a variety of colors including white, black, blue, silver and pink.
I am still trying to figure out why in this world did Sony Ericsson announce the Xperia Arc S. Except for the faster single core processor, the handset is same as the Arc. The Arc will get all the new 3D features via a software update in a couple of months, so there is no real point in buying an Arc S.
The Arc and the Arc S pack the same processor, with it (processor) only being clocked higher by 400MHz on the latter. Arc users, who have already rooted their handset, can easily overclock their handset to 1.4GHz and beyond! In fact, one of the custom kernels for the Arc enables users to overclock up to a whopping 1.9GHz!
Frankly, every other Android manufacturer has released a dual-core powered handset, and its high time Sony Ericsson does the same. There is absolutely no point in wasting money and re-releasing old products with a new name, and minor differences.