Sony Ericsson has taken to the company’s Facebook page to tease a “big announcement” coming at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Keen-eyed readers suggest that the teaser images, pictured above, could depict the sequel to the Xperia Arc, though nothing has been confirmed. Over the past few weeks we have seen various Sony leaks suggesting that the company will soon announce a mega-phone set to launch on AT&T, code-named the LT28at. Sony Ericsson also recently registered a new trademark for the name Xperia Ion, and rumors have suggested that the “Nozomi” smartphone may land at this year’s show as well. Whether it is an Xperia Ion, Arc HD or the Nozomi, Sony looks to be gearing up for something big at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. More →
Sony Ericsson released a statement on Friday delaying the broader launch of the Xperia Neo until the third quarter due to supply chain disruptions caused by the earthquake in Japan. The firm said that volumes of its Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY were also affected, but it doesn’t appear that there are any delays with those launches. Sony Ericsson’s official statement is as follows:
As Sony Ericsson continues to assess the impact of the situation in Japan on its business, we have communicated to our operator customers and distributors that some volume of Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY and Xperia neo phones has been affected. Xperia neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities. However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperianeo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early Q3.
We will address this topic at the time of our Q1 financial results announcement call that is scheduled for April 19, 2011.
Sony Ericsson’s Italian Facebook page has a similar explanation, and confirms that the Neo will launch in July. More →
UK wireless provider Three has had the misfortune of having its entire summer handset lineup leak online, but its loss is our gain. What does the next few months look like for the carrier? Busy. In April alone, the company will release no less than three handsets, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the Samsung Galaxy Pro, and the until-now-unknown Samsung Galaxy S II Mini. The smaller version of Samsung’s high-end smartphone will boasts a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 1.4GHz processor, 21Mbps HSDPA radio, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n with hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). And that’s just in April. In May, the company plans to release the HTC Flyer tablet, HTC Wildfire, Nokia E7, and Samsung Galaxy S II. June will bring the Nokia X7, HTC ChaCha, LG Optimus 3D, and the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s going to be quite the summer for Three customers looking to upgrade their mobile hardware. Let’s hope some of these device, especially that S II Mini, make their way across the pond sooner rather than later. More →
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. More →
Sony Ericsson’s 4.2-inch Reality Display-equipped Android handset just got official at Sony’s CES press event. As you might have heard and seen, the Xperia arc rocks a super slim profile — just 8.3mm at the thinnest point. It packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an 8.1-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R photo enhancement technology, 720p HD video capture support, and it even sports an HDMI-out. It will be available globally starting this quarter, and pricing hasn’t yet been announced. Hit the break for Sony Ericsson’s press release. More →
Ahead of an official announcement due today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new Android phone from Sony Ericsson has been revealed. Affectionately referred to at BGR HQ as the “Sony Ericsson Why-Isn’t-This-The-Xperia Play,” the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.2-inch 854 x 480-pixel touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera with flash and HD video capture, the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and a slim contoured body measuring 8.7mm at its thinnest point. We’re not sure the remarkably slender case and sexy design is enough to make up for last year’s specs, but there should be a few more treats in store from Sony Ericsson today so keep those fingers crossed. Hit the break for a video of the Arc in action. More →