Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro is a Modified Arc for Japan With NFC, TV Tuner


Last week, we wondered what the Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro could be as it sat comfortably inside the OEM’s PC companion software. We believed it could be a variant of the Xperia Arc for Japanese users but weren’t entirely sure. The folks at Xperia Blog dug up some more info, however, and confirmed that suspicion with explanations as to what exactly is going on with the Acro.

For starters, there’s no Xenon flash. Bummer, right? You’ll soon forget that, though, as a TV tuner sitting inside will allow you watch your favorite shows on the go. Furthermore, an NFC chip is inside – this isn’t surprising as NFC technology is far more widespread in Japan that it is in America.

Other noteworthy items include an infrared sensor and Sony’s 8 megapixel Exmor camera sensor. Not a bad phone for our friends in the land of the rising sun. And yes, we know this phone has been outed for a while now.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Now that the Japanese have taken a keen interest in Android, we are going to start seeing phones with features built-in to their Androids that the rest of us wish we had – if history is any indication. It comes as a surprise to many people who have never been to Japan, but things like DVRs and Blu-Ray players aren’t nearly the big stand-alone sellers that they are elsewhere due to the fact that they’re already built into the TVs. It’s been about 5 years since I was last in Japan, but the few times I have been there, I was always disappointed that a lot of their philosophies (why buy 3 different devices when you can buy one?) didn’t make it outside SE Asia, or in a lot of cases – Japan itself. I understand that a lot of people (myself included) don’t care for “combo units” (Is that an oxymoron?), but you don’t see TVs with built-in Blu-Ray-RW drives in North America or most of Europe either. I touched on this in the forums and I, for one, would LOVE to see terrestrial digital TV tuners built-in to Androids. Most people are surprised at how much you can pull down with a TDA these days, and while it will obviously eat your battery (like everything else does) it doesn’t use any data – which is good all around; even if you have unlimited data, you’re still not using the networks to use, say, TV.com to watch a show that you may be able to pick up in HD from the antenna.
    Verizon should start integrating TDAs into their Android phones – it would go nicely with their “rule the air” slogan.

  2. beast

  3. Sure if I want to carry less stuff around I rather have a “combo of things”

    But if its a TV then I don’t care…… I just want to play xbox anyways >.>…

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