Sony Ericsson Xperia arc to launch April 1st, £459.99 in the U.K.

British retailer Play.com has listed the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia arc on its website, and has made the anticipated handset available for pre-order. The Xperia arc is listed with an MSRP of £499.99 for the unsubsidized version of the smartphone, though Play.com is offering pre-orders at £459.99 ($727). The listed release date for the handset is April 1st, though no official launch date has been confirmed by Sony Ericsson. The Xperia arc was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month and is billed as one of the thinnest smartphones in the world. The device features a 4.2-inch Reality Display, an 8.1-megapixel camera, 720pHD video capture support, an HDMI-out port and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Sony Ericsson has not yet confirmed pricing or a release date in any market, saying only that the Xperia arc will be “available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q1.” Of note, Play.com’s second-quarter release date suggests that the U.K. might not be the initial launch market for this handset.

[Via Eurodroid]

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