Pictures : Sony Ericsson Xperia ARC Smartphone

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is the slot-in replacement for the Xperia X10, the former flagship of the mobile phone company.

We chatted with Yamada Hiroshi, the product manager in charge of the development of the Xperia arc at the Sony Ericsson event in MWC 2011.

He answered one of our most pressing questions related to arc; why it is the only one of the four handsets launched that doesn't come with a front facing camera.

The phone, he says, is too thin to accommodate the electronics for a front facing camera and he confirmed that the same sensor is being used in all the four Sony Ericsson smartphones released.

Based on the fact that the arc, Neo, Play and Pro share the same hardware platform (Qualcomm SoC, Android 2.3, bigger than WVGA resolution & 3.7-inch screen), one would expect them to be Playstation certified devices as well but Hiroshi declined to say when and indeed if the three others would ever be approved.