Xperia arc versus Xperia neo – which should you choose?

by XB on 23rd February 2011

in Featured Content, Xperia arc, Xperia Neo

Xperia arc versus Xperia NeoSony Ericsson has created a dilemma for many people in the upcoming launches of the Xperia arc and Xperia Neo. Judging by our recent poll, 70 percent of you are looking forward to the Xperia arc versus only 11 percent wanting the Xperia Neo (the balance was split between the Xperia Play and Xperia Pro). However, having gone hands-on with both phones recently, we are beginning to think that many people will be swayed by the Neo once they can see it in the flesh.

Yes, the Xperia Neo is chunkier than the arc, but the anodised metallic look combined with the extra weight gives it a more premium feel. Plus, it also comes with a crucial extra – a front-facing camera. This omission from the Xperia arc even left some of the Sony Ericsson reps we spoke to slightly bemused.

Combine this with the fact that the Xperia Neo is around €100 cheaper than the Xperia arc, yet offers most of the arc’s headline features (1GHz processor, 8.1MP Exmor R camera, HDMI and Bravia Engine) then it seems that the Neo could be a potential best-seller for Sony Ericsson. On the flip side, there is no denying that the Xperia arc is a more beautiful phone. The general trend towards larger displays, also means many people will naturally gravitate to the arc.

So which handset should you choose? There is no doubt in our mind that the Xperia Neo offers the better value for money. You get most of the same features plus the bonus of the front-facing camera (for those that need it). However, comparing the two side-by-side, there is no denying that the arc is more desirable. Whether this and an extra 0.5-inch in display real estate warrants the extra money will come down to your disposable budget.


  • 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset
  • 8.1MP Exmor R camera sensor
  • Bravia Engine display
  • HDMI support
  • HD video recording (720p)

Xperia arc advantages

  • Larger 4.2-inch screen (Xperia neo has a 3.7-inch screen)
  • Sexier design
  • Thinner and lighter – despite the larger display
  • 512MB ROM (versus 320MB for Xperia neo)

Xperia Neo advantages

  • Front-facing camera (missing on the Xperia arc)
  • Cheaper by around €100 (£80)

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