Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs Xperia Arc S – What’s the difference?

Sony Ericsson came up with the very liked Xperia Arc back this year. Well, it seemed wrong time of release as the monster Samsung Galaxy SII was already floating over it. Sony Ericsson fan boys still went with it inspite of knowing about its old specifications. Correcting the mistake Sony Ericsson’s 2011 lineup comes with all new Xperia Arc S.

Both phones look identical, aren’t  they? Exactly, Sony Ericsson has preserved Xperia Arc’s looks, dimensions as well as weight in the new Xperia Arc S. Looking at the phone it is difficult to differentiate between Xperia Arc and Xperia Arc S. Almost all the things in the phone are kept same except two major modifications which come in the form of for CPU and the operating system upgrade.

CPU Processor

1GHz CPU of the predecessor is updated to 1.4GHz making Arc S the fastest Xperia Smartphone till date. Recently announced Xperia Neo V took the place of Xperia Arc’s 1GHz clock. Well, its a dual core era here launching a dual core phone was must rather than single core with better clocks. We still don’t know, may be a dual core is coming ahead of launch. But being single core it will surely get less preference over dual core phones; here in India as of now very few dual core phones are available but the number will gradually increase till the launch of Arc S.


Update: 08/01/2012. Primary camera has been kept the same 8 Megapixel but there is NO addition of secondary camera for video calling. Additionally it includes 3D sweep panorama feature like the Xperia Neo V.

Operating System

It’s powered with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is the second Xperia to get this update out of the box after Xperia Neo V. Other Xperia’s have to manually update to this firmware to get hands on the new features which even includes video calling over Gtalk and some bug fixes.


Rest all the phone remains the same, there is no difference whatsoever between Xperia Arc and Xperia Arc S. Even the battery is same Li-Po 1500 mAh but compare study says Xperia Arc S provides better battery backup than its predecessor.

Price and Availability [Updated]

Both the phones are now available in the market and you can buy them from local resellers or from The Sony Xperia Arc has priced at $400.00 and Sony Xperia Arc S has been priced at $449.00 on

The Verdict

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S does get a new identity in the market but its actually the same Arc as before. This phone is modified only on CPU and Operating system level. Considering this, people who want performance boost should go with it. The only good in this is its factory upgraded to Android 2.3.4 and as I said before, rest the phone remains the same. Now it all depends on the price of the phone. If its priced very high people should consider other models from different manufacturers or else going with the old Xperia Arc and manually updating to Android 2.3.4 can also do the job.


  1. Guys the only thing that disturbs you is both look the same that’s the fact the only thing that matters now is that Sony Xperia S has been declared the best, strongest phone the first of all with the highest density if video recording capacity than others having a quad core engine Sony u the best and will always be

  2. I’m pretty sure it has the same CPU as the Arc, except the clock is set higher.
    And you can do that yourself anyway.

    1. How often do people really use a secondary camera? Pay extra to make a video call or take pics of yourself endlessly…..don’t see the need for it.

  3. i mean experia arc / arc s / x12 which has a front facing camera for video calling. thanks alot for the help. iwill truly appreciate it..

    1. Read the article carefully, when the article was written no info regarding Arc S was available in the wild. I’ve clearly mentioned ‘I Think’ while writing about the secondary camera.

  4. it the next disapointing thing from sony – first they say the X10 will not get android updates…I sold my x10 and some months later they bring the upates – f*ck SE! then I bought the ARC – and now they bring the same phone with faster cpu and new camera??? f*ck sony!!!

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