Xperia arc and Xperia neo discontinued in UK; Xperia arc S and neo V now flying the flag

by XB on 25th November 2011

in Xperia arc, Xperia Neo

It appears that Sony Ericsson has discontinued the Xperia arc and Xperia neo models in the UK in favour of the more recent variants, the 1.4GHz Xperia arc S and 5MP Xperia neo V. We recently spoke to a T-Mobile representative who confirmed that both handsets had been discontinued. In fact looking at all five of the major UK mobile networks, only Orange is still stocking the Xperia arc and Xperia neo. However, this stock is only likely to last a limited time. Most of the other carriers are now stocking the Xperia arc S and/or the Xperia neo V as an alternative.

Looking at the sim-free retailers, Clove has discontinued notices on its listing for both the Xperia arc and Xperia neo. This isn’t so much of an issue for the Xperia arc S, after all its identical to the arc (including price) and comes with a 1.4GHz processor instead of 1GHz on the original.

However, this is more problematic for those wanting the Xperia neo, arguably the best all-rounder of the 2011 Xperia range, both in terms of price and functionality. Most places only stock the Xperia neo V which comes with a weaker 5MP camera, as opposed to the neo which had a 8MP Exmor R camera sensor. We don’t know whether this situation is being repeated in other regions around the world, however we wouldn’t be surprised.

Let us know in the comments below if the Xperia arc and Xperia neo is still on sale in your part of the world. Our guess is that they’re probably being phased out.

  • Anonymous

    What I can’t understand is why the Xperia pro is only available online and not in any of the highstreet shops in the UK. ( arguably the best all-rounder of the 2011 Xperia range, both in terms of price and functionality :P )

  • Anonymous

    None of the UK carriers have picked up this handset, which we believe is down to its late introduction to the market. Had it launched at the same time as the Xperia neo in June, we’re sure it would have had better traction. Shame really.

  • Jericho_rabbit

    Arc is still the Sony Ericsson flagship mobile here in India. Arc S yet to be launched here.

  • owl

    i agree… that kind of specifications arriving just a couple of months before MWC, xperia pro will never get the attention it deserves.

    i’m in Singapore, and out of the three telcos here, xperia pro is only offered by one, priced identically to the arc S. the neo is not available in any of the three, and the arc is only found in one for a cheaper price than the arc S.

    if the links work…

  • Anonymous

    When the neo v was announced, I presumed it was to do with camera sensor shortages but now my theory would be that SE realised the specs between the arc and neo were too similar, and actually despite having a bigger screen, the neo was better then the arc in terms of having a front facing camera. So maybe then downgrading the neo to 5MP is their way of widening the gap between the neo and their flagship device (which was also increased by improving the processor) which not only removes confusion to the customer, but also pushes up the arc making it look maybe more impressive then it actually is??

  • boosook

    Another reason could be that the 8mp sensor is too expensive for the price that the Neo has now.

  • Darkfritz2

    I have bought the Xperia Neo and i’ve encountered a serious problem: everytime i go into fitness or university or other places my GSM signal is either very low or there is none. and i went to the strongest provider in  whole germany. is it normal? did someone else got this problem?

  • Anonymous

    on that topic, I also spotted cool looking blue and green colour variants of Xperia Pro:

    I’ve no idea whether these are real or just photoshops. EDIT: I’m pretty sure they are photoshops, as that site is full of photoshops of other products in similar colours.

  • chunkybeats

    I have got the xperia neo v on parallel import and its an awesome little handset, I did find it a little hard getting the original neo until 2degrees here in nz are selling the Neo. As for the arc i think it is not available although we are bit slow on phone releases except for a certain stupid fruit phone. Vodafone NZ have the Arc S as a coming soon handset, it has been available for quite some time on parallel import!!!

  • Finn

    Xperia Arc seems to phase out in Finland, in favour of Arc S. Because of that, I was able to get my Arc a few weeks ago in an amazingly low price, 50% less than Nokia N9 or iPhone 4, for example (free sim models). Thumbs up, the Arc has been a fantastic unit so far.

  • Technic_mt27

    perhaps, neo xperia price is lower than the specification, this usually just a matter of profit and loss within a business

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