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Sony Ericsson releases Xperia arc in Middle East

Phone runs on Android 2.3, is scratch and shatter resistant

Sony Ericsson releases Xperia arc in Middle East

Sony Ericsson has released its new Xperia arc, the first model from its new generation of Android 2.3 smartphones in the Middle East.

The Xperia arc measures 8.7mm at its thinnest part, weighs 117g and is built on a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU. The phone is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, giving users access to over 150,000 applications via the Android marketplace. The Xperia arc also offers Google mobile services, messaging and social network integration.

The arc features a 4.2-inch multi-touch screen and the smartphone is designed to be both scratch and shatter resistant as it is made of a type of mineral glass used for making watch crystals.

"We are beginning this year on a confident note by introducing our most exciting Xperia product yet. Xperia arc combines state-of-the-art Sony technology with a breathtaking design to wow consumers. In addition, the product gets its additional appeal as it blends Sony's new technology on the latest Android platform," said Ruediger Odenbach, general manager, Sony Ericsson Middle East.

The Xperia has Reality Display with the Mobile Bravia Engine, designed to deliver a crystal clear image. It also runs Sony's Exmoor R for mobile sensor for the camera, designed to allow image capture for both stills and HD video even in low light. The Xperia's camera has auto focus, face detection, an LED flash, image stabilizer, geo tagging and nose suppression.

Pictures and HD video can be shared on any HD ready TV using the built in HDMI connector.

The smartphone has a 3.5 mm audio jack and HDMI, USB, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. The device also supports A-GPS and DLNA as well as memory card (Micro USD) with capacity up to 32 GB.

The Xperia Arc will be $654 from all major UAE retailers.

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