I bet you thought Sony Ericsson was dead, right? Guess again. Sony Ericsson made a huge wave at CES with its Xperia Arc — the thinnest smartphone in the world.
At just 8.7mm at its thinnest point (that's the curve on the middle of its profile), the Xperia Arc gives a whole new meaning to skinny. The Arc is so skinny that it'll fit in your skin tight jeans and you'll forget it's even there.
The Arc isn't low on insane tech specs either. You'll find an 8-megapixel camera with Exmor R mobile sensor (lens can reach an aperture of f/2.4) with LED flash, a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and an HDMI port to hook it up directly to a TV. Sony Ericsson didn't reveal how much storage the final unit would include, but we'd guess it's at least 8GB — any less and it would not be able to compete with the rest of the smartphone world.
Personally, the best part of the Arc isn't its super skinny body, but it's bright 4.2-inch multitouch screen (dubbed Reality Display) with a Bravia Engine that makes colors vibrant and super sharp. With a resolution of 854 x 480, you'd think it sucks compared to the iPhone 4's 960 x 640, but you'd be wrong. This thing looks gorgeous. A Sony rep booted up a video of Final Fantasy 14 and everything looked so crisp on the huge screen that we forgot it was a cellphone for a second.
The Arc is expected to arrive in April. No carriers or pricing is available at this time.