By March 17, 2011

Xperia Arc and Xperia Play appear on Vodafone’s site


Both listed as coming soon we are pleased to see Sony Ericsson, frankly, most exciting phones in a few years appear on the premiere network. Vodafone seem to be pushing out all the big names at the moment and they are the first UK network to fully list these devices.

Check out after the break for a rundown on the Xperia Arc and Play hardware.


Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc specification:

  • Operating system: Google Android
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255
  • Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 117 grams
  • Available colours: Midnight Blue, Misty Silver
  • Main screen: Colours 16,777,216 colour TFT, Resolution 854 x 480 pixels, Size (diagonal) 4.2 inches, Scratch-resistant Yes – Shatter proof sheet on mineral glass
  • Input mechanisms: Text input On-screen QWERTY keyboard, Touch screen Capacitive (multi-touch), Touch gesture Yes – multi-touch
  • Motion sensor: Accelerometer
  • Memory: Phone memory Up to 512 MB, Memory card support microSDT, up to 32 GB
  • Camera: Camera resolution 8.1 megapixel, Smart zoom Up to 2.46x
  • Photo flash: LED
  • Video recording: HD 720p
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • eCompass
  • GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps
  • GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps
  • UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps
  • UMTS HSPA cat 8 (download) Up to 7.2 Mbps
  • Talk time (GSM) 6 hours 55 min
  • Standby time (GSM) 430 hours
  • Talk time (UMTS) 7 hours
  • Standby time (UMTS) 400 hours
  • Music listening time 31 hours
  • Video playback time 7 hours 25 min
  • Battery: 1500 mAh









Xperia PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson’s existing range of XperiaTM smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm’s optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Rikko Sakaguchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Creation Officer at Sony Ericsson commented: "Today is a very proud moment for Sony Ericsson as we bring something truly revolutionary to the market. Living up to our vision of Communication Entertainment, Xperia PLAY will forever change the way people think about smartphones and mobile gaming.

XperiaTM PLAY will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google’s AndroidTM platform. The XperiaTM PLAY will also be the first PlayStation Certified device. This means it will have access to PlayStation® game content provided through the PlayStation® Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products and Services Group at Sony Corporation said: "I am delighted to see Xperia PLAY as the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to hit the market. Xperia PLAY provides a unique consumer offering and is yet another example of great products and services coming to market that leverage Sony’s strong assets."

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the AndroidTM Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to XperiaT PLAY includes EA’s Need For Speed, Sims 3 and a world-first multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile. GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

Mr Sakaguchi continued: "The launch of Xperia PLAY could not have been possible without the close collaboration of both Google and Sony Computer Entertainment. The commitment of so many industry leading game publishers further demonstrates that Xperia PLAY will deliver on the long-held expectations from consumers the world over."

XperiaTM PLAY and PlayStation Certified gaming are great examples of the kind of innovation that’s possible in the open Android ecosystem," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimised for game play on Xperia PLAY, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.

Sony Ericsson XperiaT PLAY will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011

Posted by Gareth

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