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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S now Down To £199.89

The last flagship smartphone of the Sony Ericsson era, the arc S, can now be had from Dialaphone on O2 for £199.89 with a compulsory £10 top up.

The handset, which weighs 117g, comes in white and is a mere 8.7mm thick, is powered by a single core Qualcomm Snapdraton MSM8255T SoC clocked at 1.4GHz with 512MB RAM, a 4.2-inch 854 by 480 pixels screen with Sony's Reality Display and Mobile Bravia engine.

The phone also uses the Exmor for mobile CMOS sensor to power its eight megapixel camera which also comes with AF, HD video recording, 3D sweep panorama and image stabilization.

Other features include DLNA compatibility, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with an overlay of Timescape UI, access to Sony's Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited services and a microSD card slot.

Although it is not as advanced or powerful as the HTC Evo 3D (which cost slightly more at Asda), the handset wins hands down when it comes to sheer design and aesthetics and boosts a higher resolution camera.

The Xperia arc S has been superseded by the Xperia P, the Xperia S and the Xperia U, all of which were launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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