A couple of weeks ago at CES 2011, Sony Ericsson announced its latest Android handset - the sleek and sexy Gingerbread-running Xperia Arc. They've also invited the press, Android Police included, to attend a media breakfast where we ended up spending over an hour of quality time with the new device, documented in great detail here. If you have questions about the Arc, I highly recommend you dive into the above post, as it contains a plethora of useful bits and pieces, all wrapped in a convenient package.

Though the Arc was promised to land in consumers' hands sometime in Q1 2011 and no review units have been sent out just yet, the writers from an Italian blog HDBlog.it managed to get their hands on both the Misty Silver and Midnight Blue models and give the hardware and the interface a very thorough walkthrough.

You can find the videos, the first one in English and the second in Italian, embedded below:

If the Arc had a dual-core processor and Gorilla Glass, we'd be all over it like bees on honey, but, alas, it does not. Don't get me wrong - it is very-very snappy, but in 2011, you need Tegra 2 or better to be the top dog. Nevertheless, this upcoming AT&T-bound flagship device is quite a looker and, in my opinion, is truly one of the best upcoming Android handsets. With Sony Ericsson's commitment to less intrusive custom UIs and faster Android upgrades, you bet they've got our attention.

Source: HDBlog.it Youtube

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  • Uphor8

    This phone is definitely the most gorgeous device coming out any time soon, that's for sure. I think I will actually reconsider SE and seriously considering purchasing the arc. Otherwise, I'd be running out of manufacturers soon - besides HTC, everyone seems to have beef with every other one for one reason or another.

  • Mike

    All very good, but with Sony Ericsson's history of hardly ever issuing updates for their phones, I'll give it a miss - no matter how sexy it is.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's true that they've probably burned a lot of bridges with customers who bought X10s and X10 minis, but from our discussions with them, they were really insistent on letting us know that they've changed and understood what consumers are after in Android. They've done it by slimming down their own UI to almost nil and moving proprietary customizations to widgets and apps. The fact that no other phone announced at CES was running Gingerbread speaks heaps about their intentions. Really, let's give them another chance, shall we?

      • Rob

        Nah, that's alright. If I'm going to be buying a €500-600 phone (on contract or otherwise) I'd rather go with a company known for their support and frequent updates. No one running Android should be forced into whatever the manufacturer or cell provider deems "default" bloat, be it UI or on-board bloatware.

        Maybe next time, Sony, if you can make good on your promises. But you kind of screwed the pooch with the X10.

        • MicroNix

          I'm with Rob and Mike on this one. Sony came to the game *late* and still screwed it up. They were able to see the ecosystem in motion and how other manufacturers were keeping their phones up to date. Its not like they didn't have access to blogs with people chomping at the bit for Froyo! While they *say* they learned their lesson, it must be proven before I'd even remotely consider my next device from them. Sony isn't the first thing that comes to my head when I hear the word trust.

  • Jessie

    This phone is so sexy. :D

  • Omar

    Can the Arc have my babies? :P

  • http://www.destinobles.ch Thierry

    The real question is: will this device be rooted and support Cyanogen? If yes, we don't need to care so much about SE support (or rather lack thereof)

  • Alvin

    No dual core, no sale. That's all I can say. Why settle for last gen single core processors when dual cores are literally just around the corner?!

  • AnDood

    Not quite as exited now after seeing that video review. Looks good for sure but im more excited about the LG Optimus 2x and Samsuing Galaxy S2 and Im sure HTC have something amasing coming.