Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro accidentally spotted on its way to Japan

Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro accidentally spotted on its way to Japan

A new phone from Sony Ericsson has been leaked onto the net. Displayed within Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion software in Japan, the mystery Acro handset is literaly just a photo – no accompanying specs have been found.

It is not clear if the Xperia Acro is a Japanese edition only or whether it will come to Europe. We think the Acro must be a new edition to the Xperia range as the shot above shows both the Arc and the Acro alongside each other. It’s possible that Acro could just be an alternative name for the Japanese market, although as it appears alongside photos of the Xperia Arc, it seems likely it’s a new model.

What you see above is a screenshot taken from Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion software tool in Japan, and it’s how we’ve come to find out about the Xperia Acro’s existence. There are two Acros listed as you can see, one is meant for NTT DoCoMo and is a HSPA device, and the other is CDMA-based and presumably headed to KDDI.

The Acro may just be a rebranded Arc headed to Japan, and even if not, it’s clearly a close relative of the Arc – the design is very similar, if not identical. According to Xperia Blog, the Acro will have a 1 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.2-inch touchscreen, and an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera. If those specs sound familiar, it’s because they’re identical to the Arc’s.

Two different versions of the Xperia Acro are listed, SO-02C which is the GSM version will likely land up on NTT DoCoMo and the IS11S, might be launched by KDDI’s CDMA network.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro is expected to launch in Japan in May or June. By then, we’ll probably know more about the device, and specifically whether or not it’s just a rebranded Arc. At this time, the most plausible explanation for the Acro is that it will be a slightly chubbier Arc, with added NFC support, TV tuner, and an infrared port. These three features are seemingly very important in Japan, and so a high-end smartphone could not launch there lacking any of them.

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