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Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc Goes On Pre Order

Sony's next flagship smartphone, the Xperia X12 Arc, has been spotted for sale online at UK retailer, Play.com; the phone is a SIM free one and is set to go on sale on the 1st of April.

The X12 will cost only £460 (opens in new tab), that's a saving of 40 off the suggested retail price and significantly less than the Xperia X10 cost at launch.

Play is not the most competitive online retailer which means that others (like Handtec) might bring out the phone for even less over the next few weeks.

The X12 is powered by Android 2,2, comes with 512MB memory, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an eight-megapixel camera with flash, Exmor R sensor and autofocus, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB.

Sony Ericsson uses the Mobile Bravia Engine (from Sony's own television range) to enhance the smartphone's 4.2-inch LED backlit screen which can display up to 480x854 pixels.

The X12 gets its Arc moniker from the fact that it has a frame is slightly curved, reaching a minimum of 8.7mm near the middle, making it a perfect palm-fit according to Sony Ericsson.

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