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Vodafone To Sell Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Vodafone has put up a coming soon page for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc smartphone, a handset that will replace the X10 as Sony Ericsson's top of the range smartphone.

The Arc, formerly known as the X12, has a massive 4.2-inch capacitive touchscreen which is only a smidgen smaller than the HTC Desire HD but boosts a higher screen resolution at 854x480 pixels.

The handset, which was launched at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, runs Android Gingerbread, a welcomed change from the Android OS 1.6 that Sony Ericsson pushed on the X10.

Other key features include the mobile Bravia technology which is used on Sony's own television sets, the Timescape user interface, a very sleek design, a 8.1-megapixel camera that is inspired by Sony's own Cybershot cameras, DLNA compatibility, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1500mAh battery.

The Xperia arc is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz, with 512MB RAM and a 8GB microSD card included.

Vodafone hasn't said when the phone will be released but given that O2 will release the handset in April, one can only assume that the Arc will land at Voda within days.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.