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Unlocked Xperia Arc released in US, Samsung Galaxy S II next

You may wonder why we would be talking about the release of the Sony Xperia Arc, as it is already available in some markets. Well, not in the US — well the unlocked version anyway, which will be released tomorrow. The American’s seem to get all the good stuff first, apart from the Samsung Galaxy S II that is — although it should be next.

The handset is unlocked and available to use on AT&T and other carriers — well except Verizon that is, and is expected to come pre-loaded with Android 2.3.3, due to the fact that the locked version has had that update since the last week of May. This update gave users the much-anticipated Facebook integration feature that other rival handsets had been enjoying.

If you do not already know by now, the Sony Xperia Arc has a large 4.2-inch display, 8-megapixl camera, half a GB of RAM all for $600. This is not a bad price when you consider that you will not be restricted to any one carrier. Knowing that you have this sort of freedom will be worth the price to some, such as those who travel away on business to international destinations.

We can see more handsets doing this, as it is another great way to generate money from a handset that is starting to show its age. Apple has recently done this with the year-old iPhone. We still do not know how many people took Apple up on this latest moneymaker, but we cannot see it being too many — especially as the iPhone 5 is just around the corner.

The likes of Samsung do not feel the need to do such a thing, as they know that they have the entire market covered with the Galaxy S II. OK, this does not help those who travel to other countries, but it seems as though the South Korean company would much rather offer a handset that is of most use to a certain customer base. All they need to do now is get a move on and offer the S II to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

We have to wonder if it is the carriers who are slowing things down so that they can release the handset at the perfect moment? However, we cannot help but wonder if Samsung’s handset will be a little on the old side once it gets released — unless they just wait and release the Galaxy S II+ version from the start? For more information visit Sony.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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