Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gingerbread lands in the Philippines - The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc X12 is here

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc X12 is now available in the Philippines. It is the first Android 2.3 Phone to be officially offered in the Philippines. The XPERIA Arc is priced at Php26,300, which is a fair price for what it offers. It has a large 4.2-inch 480 x 854 pixel resolution screen, a 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon with 512MB of RAM and 320MB of internal storage with a 8GB SD card included. The Arc comes with an 8MP autofocus shooter with a LED flash, which can do 720p video recording at a smooth 30 fps.  

With its large screen it is likely to be compared with the HTC Desire HD. Both have the same 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU and Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset. The Desire HD is priced lower at Php24,500m has a slightly larger 4.3-inch screen, more RAM at 768MB and more internal storage at 1.5GB (both come with 8GB MicroSD Cards). The Arc has a much better camera (even if both have 8MP units), a slightly higher resolution screen (480 x 854 versus 480 x 800) and a larger battery (1500 mAh versus 1230 mAh). The camera being the biggest plus point in its favor as against the Desire HD.

It is not a dual core phone, but it is Gingerbread with an excellent camera (rare for an Android). That should be enough to convince many to pull out their wallets. Want more information before buying? Check out the review of the XPERIA Arc at GSMArena.


  1. Hi bro.

    What phone would you recommend to a non-techie but would still like to buy the best phone he can for P25k? My brother is looking for a new phone to buy and since, unlike me, he isn’t the customizing and phone-app-whore type, I said get a Windows Phone 7 phone, probably the HTC 7 Mozart.

    What do you think?

  2. Okay, when I bought a new smartphone last month, the HTC Desire HD and HTC Mozart were my two choices. I literally decided on the spot after a month of not being decide between the two. I opted for the "safer" route and go with the more established Android platform. Windows Phone 7 looks very promising, and I do keep wondering if I made the right decision.

    It is a bit hard to recommend a Windows Phone 7 device, since a fair amount of software is not available for it yet. If the buyer accepts this, than I think the HTC Mozart (or a lower priced Trophy) is a great choice.

  3. I wouldn't go for a WP7 phone right now though. Even if he's not into customizing and phone-app-whore type, most of the manufacturer's skins are user-friendly enough. Android still has the best mobile browser ever and using one gives him more choices out of the box.

    Is it possible to use Disqus on your blog? :D


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