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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Is Minor Update To Original Arc

Sony Ericsson has announced the new Xperia Arc S at the IFA Event in Germany although, somewhat disappointingly, it seems to be a rather minor upgrade to the existing Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc that was launched at the beginning of the year.

The new model comes with a faster single core Qualcomm SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, the 3D sweep panorama technology that allows you to capture 3D photos (but not videos) and display them on a 3D TV, as well as coming with access to Sony Entertainment Network Services (SENS) which includes Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited.

The first service offers more than 10 million unique songs, while the Video Unlimited offering will be the "ultimate source for latest Hollywood Blockbusters" and more (so says the press release).

We're not sure whether they will be free or when they will reach the UK but it appears that both will be rolled out across the Xperia smartphones launched in 2011.

The rest of the specifications for the Arc S are similar to its Arc predecessor; there is the MSM8255 SoC, a 8.1-megapixel camera, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, DLNA Compatibility, a 4.2-inch 854x480 pixel TFT display and an 8GB microSD card.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.