Sony Ericsson: XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10

by on April 22, 2011
in Android, Gadgets




We did a preview of Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA Arc a couple of days back. Our first impressions with the phone have been really good. The phone clearly beats the XPERIA X10 in speed, size, camera etc.

We did a head-to-head comparison between the XPERIA Arc and XPERIA X10 – mostly with photos. Sorry, no videos this time.

Sony Ericsson: XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is the successor to the XPERIA X10. Much faster, runs on Gingerbread, an 8 megapixels camera, gorgeous display, thinner etc. Let’s do a specifications comparison before going towards the photos.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Specifications

  • Display: 4.2-inch LED-backlit touchscreen with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine (480 x 854 pixels)
  • Processor: 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • Camera: 8 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, no secondary camera
  • Video: HD video recording at 30 fps (720p), continuous autofocus, video light
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 320MB internal memory, 8GB microSD card included, microSD slot upto 32GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, microUSB, HDMI port
  • Other: Flash Player 10.2 support, A-GPS, FM Radio, 3.5 mm jack, accelerometer, Facebook and Twitter integration, Document Viewer, TrackID music recognition etc.
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li-Po
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbrad) with custom XPERIA theme.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Specifications

  • Display: 4-inch TFT display (480 x 854 pixels)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset
  • Camera: 8 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, no secondary camera
  • Video: HD video recording at 30 fps (720p), continuous autofocus
  • Memory: 384MB RAM, 1GB internal memory, 8GB microSD card included, microSD slot upto 32GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, microUSB
  • Other: Flash Player 10.2 support, A-GPS, FM Radio, 3.5 mm jack, accelerometer, Facebook and Twitter integration, Document Viewer etc.
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li-Po
  • OS: Android 2.1 Eclair with custom XPERIA theme.

XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10: Display

This is something I must say, that the new Sony BRAVIA Mobile Engine really stands out on the new XPERIA Arc. Comparison between both the devices show how brighter, better, clearer and sharper the display is on XPERIA Arc.

We even compared both of these devices with Samsung’s Nexus S with Super AMOLED display. In our tests, in direct sunlight, Sony’s BRAVIA Mobile had better visibility out in direct sunlight. We couldn’t compare it with a Super LCD phone, but we’ll soon do that as well.

The difference is visible even in photos.

XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10: Body

XPERIA Arc has a plastic body all around, just like the Samsung Galaxy S (review) and Samsung Galaxy SL (review). It gives you the same cheap plastic feeling when holding it in your hands like the Samsung Galaxy phones does.

On the other side, XPERIA X10’s back gives a better grip to the phone and doesn’t even feel any plasticky like its successor, the XPERIA Arc.

XPERIA Arc is much slimmer than the XPERIA X10. The X10 is 13mm in thickness, whole the Arc is only 8.7mm thick. The former also weighs lighter than the X10.

XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10: Camera

Here are some photos taken from the XPERIA Arc. Click on the photos below to enlarge.

And here some shots from the XPERIA X10:
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XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10: Battery

Battery timing was and is still a problem on both the devices. Battery drains out pretty fast. Even Gingerbread on the XPERIA Arc couldn’t optimize the battery usage.

XPERIA Arc vs XPERIA X10: Photos

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