Sony Ericsson announced on Tuesday that its Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V are now available unlocked in the United States from Sony Store locations. The Xperia arc S runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 4.2-inch “Reality” display and support for 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography. The Xperia arc S is available in white, black, blue and silver for $529.99 without a contract. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia neo V also runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and has a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera for video chats. It is available in white, silver and blue for $349.99 unlocked. Both phones will be available from other retailers, such as Newegg, beginning in early December. As a side note, Sony Ericsson also recently announced that its 2011 family of Xperia-branded smartphones will all be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at a later date, so both the Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V should receive the update at some point. Read on for the full press release from Sony Ericsson.
XPERIA™ arc S AND XPERIA™ neo V FROM SONY ERICSSON ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.
WHAT: The Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V from Sony Ericsson are now available for purchase in the U.S. at the Sony Store. The Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V showcase an enhanced entertainment experience with the latest Sony technology and Android™ operating system, version 2.3.4 (Gingerbread).
The Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V feature Sony’s groundbreaking 3D sweep panorama technology, which enables image capture and viewing in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output, so you can show off those amazing pictures from your last vacation or that video of the flash mob you saw today to your friends and family.
This version of Android™ Gingerbread includes new functionality and features that allow you to benefit from improvements to Sony Ericsson’s unique Facebook inside Xperia™. Share, see, like and comment on all your favorite stuff – from tracks on your music player to photos from your gallery and even apps and games downloaded on your phone.
Xperia™ arc S Key Features and Pricing:
· Android™ 2.3.4 operating system
· 1.4 GHz processor
· 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor
· 4.2” Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine® Engine
· 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography
· Available in Pure White, Gloss Black, Midnight Blue, and Misty Silver
· MSRP $549.99, unlocked
Xperia™ neo V Key Features and Pricing:
· Android™ 2.3.4 operating system
· 3.7” capacitive, multi-touch screen
· 5 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom
· Front-facing camera
· Available in Pearl White, Silver, and Blue Gradient
· MSRP $349.99, unlocked
Android™ 2.3.4 – At a Glance*
· Xperia™ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony
· Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities
· Gesture input – text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
· New features including Google™ Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V are available unlocked, at Sony Store. Additional availability can be found at other retailers such as Newegg.com starting early December. Check for pricing and availability.
* The Android 2.3.4 upgrade is currently rolling out for select unlocked 2011 Xperia™ smartphones as an over-the-air update or through Sony Ericsson PC Companion