Sony Ericsson Announces The Xperia Arc S Smartphone

Today at the IFA conference in Berlin, Sony Ericsson announced its new Xperia smartphone, the Xperia Arc S. Unfortunately, details were pretty sparse in the initial announcement, but here’s what we do know:

The phone will first be available in October of this year. It’ll run on a 1.4GHz processor and will sport Sony’s Reality display powered by Sony’s mobile Bravia engine. The Reality Display on the original Xperia Arc has a pixel density of 854 x 480, which is a slight upgrade from the more standard 800 x 480 resolution we’re used to seeing on high-end handsets. What really makes the Reality Display special is the support of Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine, which is meant to improve color and detail in a fashion similar to that of Bravia TVs.

The phone will also have the ability to shoot 2D panoramic photos with its Exmor R image sensor. The images can be converted to 3D, at which point you can view those images on one of the company’s 3D Bravia TV sets.

From the looks of things, this is pretty similar to its predecessor the Xperia Arc, but with a couple extra boosts like that processor upgrade. We’re also seeing images of both black and white versions, but it’s not clear if there will be more color flavors.

More on this as it develops.