Sony Ericsson showed off it's latest flagship phone, the Xperia arc, at a media event in Sydney yesterday and from first impressions this will be a handset to look out for.
Coming to Vodafone and Optus in April, the striking Xperia arc stands out with a big 4.2in display, an 8.1MP camera, and Bravia Engine 3 for better video playback.
The mere mention of Bravia in the context of a phone shows just how seriously manufacturers are pushing to make handsets defacto video players. At today's demo we saw the phone playing HD video via an HDMI cable to a Bravia TV set, without hardly a jitter or judder to be seen.
Other features include an Exmor R sensor, the same technology used in Sony compact cameras and which allows for better photos in lowlight conditions.
Video recording is 720p, which puts it on par with the recently annoucned HTC Desire Z and iPhone 4. The other big news is that the Arc is confirmed to come with Android 2.3, which we're also expecting to see on the Google Nexus S.