Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Sony Ericsson X10 – Fight!

by Jerry D on January 11, 2011

Sony Ericsson used the Consumer Electronics Show to officially launch its new Xperia Arc handset. But where does it fit into the mobile landscape? Which phones can it beat up with ease and which does it run away from, screaming like a girl? Let’s start with the older Xperia X10…

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc VS Sony Ericsson Xperia X10


In terms of wireless roaming ability, the big-screened Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The older X10 packs 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP but missed out wireless ‘n’ in its 802.11b/g specification. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Compare the two phones and the Xperia Arc and the SE X10 measure 125.0 x 63.0 x 8.7mm and 119.0 x 63.0 x 13.0mm respectively. The Xperia Arc is the thinner of the two, almost unbelievably so. Checking on the weight of this fighting pair, the Xperia Arc weighs 117g, while the Sony Ericsson X10 is 135g. Another round goes to the Arc. (2-0)



First up, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture. It has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. There’s no front-facing camera, however, which means that mobile video Skype is a no-no.

The Xperia X10 also packs an 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus functionality, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. Where it falls down is in the video capture department. It doesn’t offer HD, only widescreen VGA video capture. (3-0)


The SE Xperia Arc boasts a touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD (dubbed a ‘Reality Display’) display, measuring 4.2 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a creditable 233.333.

The X10′s touch-sensitive LCD display only measures 4.0 inches and the resolution is the same. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 245.0. But while the resolution is technically higher due to the smaller display, the Arc’s LED-backlighting technology delivers a better all-round viewing experience. (4-0)


As for the processors and user interfaces, inside the Xperia Arc there’s an Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon with an Adreno 205 GPU, rated at 1GHz. The X10 boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor. (4-0)


Sony Ericsson uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the Xperia Arc; while the Xperia X10 launched with Android 1.6 and has since been upgraded to 2.1. Again, the newer Xperia Arc has the better specification. Could this contest be a whitewash? (5-0)


The X10 incorporates 8GB of memory as standard, the same as the Xperia Arc. Naturally, the Xperia Arc also features a microSD slot to boost the storage to a roomier 32GB. Ditto the X10. (5-0)

Battery life:

Fully powered-up, Sony Ericsson claims 7.0 hours of talktime for the Xperia Arc, compared to 8.0 hours for the X10. Standby times are 400 hours and 425 hours respectively. This round goes to the X10. But only just. (5-1)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.


The Xperia Arc also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine pixel processing, a Stereo FM radio with RDS, HDMI port, noise cancellation and a digital compass. The X10, meanwhile, features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (6-1)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc wins!

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Sony Ericsson X10   Fight! Unsurprisingly, the newer Xperia Arc emerges as the winner of this battle between the Xperias (6-1). And it’s easy to see where the big punches landed. Not only does it rock the latest version of Android, but it impresses with a bigger, brighter display and an attractive design that’s thinner and lighter than the X10.

HD video recording improves the camera package, even though the lack of a secondary lens on the front means there’s no facility for video calling. Here, the Arc is an easy winner. But it might not have the talents to best some of the more elite smartphones…

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