The Sony Ericsson Xperia range has always had the looks, but updating the operating systems seems to be the stumbling block. Here's hoping that isn't an issue for the newly-launched Sony Ericsson Xperia arc smartphone. Although it is going in high with Android 2.3, which does offer some initial future-proofing.Described as 'the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones', its premium finish is an attention-grabber. Look at that slim profile - just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and abvle to host an extra wide 4.2-inch multi-touch screen. The screen uses what's being called the Reality Display, using the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for 'exceptional visual brilliance' and a crystal clear image which 'enhances the overall entertainment experience'. I think we're talking Retina Display rival here. If that's not enough to show off your snaps and videos, you can hook up to your HD TV using the built-in HDMI-connectorTalking of photography, there's a Sony Exmor R sensor and f/2.4 lens on-board for top-notch, low-light photography and video capture, the camera being an 8.1 megapixel model and as we hinted at earlier, able to shoot HD too. Auto focus, face detection, geo tagging, image stabilizer, noise suppression, smile detection - everything you would expect on a good quality compact camera is on here as well.Of course, there's plenty of media functionality for your music and movies, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS and as we mentioned at the start, all the features of Android 2.3, along with access to the Android Market. It's coming soon too, with Sony Ericsson saying the first quarter of this year in a choice of Midnight Blue or Misty Silver for the colours. No doubt free on a contract - we'll let you know as soon as the networks offer details.