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Vodafone To Stock Sony Ericsson Xperia Play & Arc

Both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and arc will be available from Vodafone as the mobile phone operator has put up preorder pages for both handsets.

The Xperia arc is free on pay monthly contracts starting from only £30 per month while the Xperia Play will cost at least £35 per month (more here (opens in new tab)); both should be available next week.

The Play comes with six preoloaded games (Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, Star Battalion, Tetris, Sims 3, Bruce Lee) and that free docking station (which we saw at MWC) for users preordering by the end of the month.

The phone is Sony's first Playstation certified handset and comes with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip, 512MB RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, an Adreno graphics subsystem, a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen plus a slide out gaming keypad.

Sony Ericsson promises that there will be up to 60 games available by next year on the Playstation suite, the dedicated mobile gaming platform for SE handsets.

The Arc has a slightly bigger capacitive screen, the same system on chip but comes with a 8.1-megapixel rear camera and a front facing one.

Both phones - which were launched mid-February in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress - come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well as Sony's proprietary Bravia display engine.



Désiré Athow
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.