Sony Ericsson Acro Unveiled as Japanese Xperia Arc Alternative


A while back we started to see the Xperia Arco name floating around in Sony Ericsson’s Japanese lineup. We were pretty sure it was a variation on the Xperia Arc, and those suspicions have been confirmed. SE announced the Arco for Japan and detailed what we can expect from the device when it hits the Land of the Rising Sun this summer.

A 1GHz processor, Android Gingerbread, and 4.2-inch Reality Display powere by the Mobile Bravia Engine are the highlights. The handset also gets the 8.1MP Exmor R camera for high quality images in all lighting environments and 720p video recording. One of the major difference between the Arco and Arc is the inclusion of a mobile TV tuner, a feature that is big in Japan but not quite so in other regions. For this reason we don’t expect the Arco to spread out much after its initial launch. Full presser below.

[via SE]

Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia acro – the ultimate smartphone for users in Japan

Combines best-in-class imaging and display technology with features familiar to users in Japan, such as an infrared port for data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV functionality.

May 5, 2011, London, UK – Sony Ericsson today unveiled the Xperia™ acro, a new addition to the Xperia™ range, designed specifically for the needs of users in Japan. The Xperia™ acro builds on the success of the product family with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, and runs on the latest Android platform – Gingerbread 2.3. Best-in-class imaging and display technology features from Sony – the perfect enabler for its mobile TV functionality.

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We are delighted to be introducing this flagship model to Japan. In this sophisticated market, we are listening to consumers and are happy to adapt our products to fit in with requirements which they believe to be an essential part of the mobile experience. We expect that they will be pleased to have such a uniquely adept premium smartphone and look forward to a new wave of consumers experiencing the world of Xperia™.”

The Xperia™ acro provides an excellent multimedia experience, powered by a Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and presented on an extra wide 4.2” screen. The 8.1 megapixel camera with ‘Exmor R™ for mobile’ enables the capture of low-noise, high quality images and HD video (720p), even in low light. Pictures and videos can then be shared in HD on a HDTV through a built in HDMI-connector.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro – Key features

  • Human Curvature™ design and form factor
  • Mobile TV functionality enabling live TV viewing
  • Infrared port enables data sharing with other infrared enabled devices
  • Mobile wallet: Instead of paying with cash, cheque or credit cards, a user can use the Xperia™ acro to pay for a wide range of services and digital or hard goods.
  • Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
  • Sony Exmor R™ for mobile delivers best-in-class low-light photography and video capture
  • 8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
  • 1GHz CPU, Adreno 205 GPU

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ acro will be available in Japan from this summer in Black and White.


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  1. Howdy! Did you just see a tumbleweed go through here?

    And why is a phone for Japan by a Japanese company being announced out of London?

  2. Because Sony Ericsson has their headquarters in London.

  3. it’s acro not arco…

  4. camera on the SGS II is better imo

  5. The big extra features are NFC, which is used all over the place on a daily basis here in Japan for train passes, smaller payments and such, and IR which is the preferred way of exchanging contact details here. The Japan only One-seg digital TV broadcasting is kind of nifty but really not that popular a feature compared to the two above.

  6. Same old boring design!!..

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