Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – Review

by Jerry D on February 9, 2011

The new Xperia Arc is arguably one of the best, if not THE best phone that Sony Ericsson has ever made. Its top-of-the-line feature set puts the tech-jackboot into older handsets like the Xperia X8. So it isn’t a question of which is the better phone. But how much better the Arc is compared to the X8…

Xperia Arc versus graphic Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8   Review Xperia X8


In terms of wireless roaming, the attractive Xperia Arc includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Xperia X8 features 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

How chunky are these two handsets? The Xperia Arc and the lower-end Xperia X8 measure 125.0 x 63.0 x 8.7mm and 99.0 x 54.0 x 15.0mm respectively. Overall the Xperia Arc is the bigger phone, but this is hardly surprising considering the screen size. As a result, the Xperia Arc is also heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 117g. The Xperia X8, meanwhile, weighs 104g. (1-1)



The Xperia Arc’s 8.0 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture. Photos taken with the camera will have a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Nice.

Despite its geotagging and video capture, the Xperia X8′s 3.15 Megapixel package loses out in this round. And by a LONG, LONG way… (2-1)


Headlining the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a 4.2-inch touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD, dubbed a ‘Reality Display’. Yet despite the name, it can only muster a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. This means that it has 409920 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at 233.333 pixels per inch.

In contrast, the 3.0-inch touch-sensitive LCD display on Sony Ericsson’s phone is considerably smaller. Its 320 x 480 pixel resolution also loses out to the Xperia Arc’s superior display. With only 153600 pixels on the 3.0-inch screen, the pixel density is a lowly 192.333 pixels per inch. (3-1)


As for the processors and UIs, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon with an Adreno 205 graphics chip. The Xperia X8 has a 600MHz processor. Its like comparing a camper van to a brand new Mercedes… (4-1)


Sony Ericsson’s phone uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), while Sony Ericsson launched the X8 with Android 1.6. Depending on your carrier, you might now be able to upgrade the software to Android 2.1. (5-1)


The 8GB of memory in the Xperia Arc easily beats the default 2GB capacity of the Xperia X8. The Xperia Arc also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB. The 2GB storage capacity on Sony Ericsson’s phone can be expanded to 16GB in comparison. (6-1)

Battery life:

With a full charge, Sony Ericsson claims 7.0 hours of talktime for the Xperia Arc, compared to 5.5 hours for the Xperia X8. Standby times are 400 hours and 476 hours respectively. That’s another one to the Xperia Arc. (7-1)


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-powered visuals, a stereo FM radio with RDS, HDMI port, noise cancellation and a digital compass. The Xperia X8 features GPS/A-GPS and a stereo FM radio with RDS. And yes, that’s it. (8-1)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc wins!

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8   ReviewNot much of a contest here. The Xperia Arc steamrollers the ageing X8 and flattens it with a comprehensive score of 8-1. In fact, the Arc beat the X8 in almost every round – best OS, fastest processor, highest-spec camera, biggest screen etc. If there’s any consolation for the X8 it’s that it won’t cost as much as the Arc and will probably be available for FREE on selected networks…

See if these two phones make our Top 10 Best Smartphones list…

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