LAS VEGAS – Sony Ericsson is coming to International CES with its first Android smartphone to use the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.
The Xperia arc will be the company’s fourth Android phone in the U.S., joining the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, a spokesman said.
The new model, which is only 8.7mm thin at its thinnest part, is due in select global markets in the first quarter, but the company didn’t say whether it would be available in the U.S. at that time.
When it comes to the U.S., it will operate in 3G HSPA mode in the U.S. 800/850/1900MHz bands as well as in the overseas 2.1GHz band.
The new model features 4.2-inch 854by 480-pixel multitouch touchscreen with proprietary Reality Display and Mobile Bravia Engine, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, DLNA certification, Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, included 8GB MicroSD card, 512MB embedded memory, support for 32GB cards, HDMI output, 8.1-megapixel camera, and Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor for low-light photography and HD-video capture.
Like other SonyEricsson phones, the arc features Timescape, which consolidates all types of messages with a particular person, whether SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter or pictures, the company said.
Other key features include stereo Bluetooth, FM tuner and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.