Nexus S, Xperia Arc set for Aussie release

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Aussies eager to get their hands on new Android smartphones will be pleased to know that two of the big releases for early 2011 have been confirmed, with Vodafone to launch the Samsung Nexus S on 16 March and Sony Ericsson to follow with the Xperia Arc on Vodafone and Optus in "early April".

The Nexus S and Xperia Arc will both be available in the coming weeks.
(Credit: CBSi)

The Nexus S represents a collaboration between Google and Samsung, and will be the first handset in Australia to make use of Google's Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform. Vodafone will offer the Nexus S for $0 upfront on a AU$79 cap, an AU$85 Infinite plan or a AU$100 Infinite Combo.

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc also runs on the Gingerbread OS and is amongst the slimmest phones announced to date with its slightest depth measuring 8.7mm. The Arc also incorporates features common to other products in Sony's portfolio, including an Exmor-R image sensor in its camera and a Bravia Engine rendering algorithm for clear image rendering in the gallery and video player. Pricing for the Xperia Arc will be announced closer to its release.

Vodafone has been pushing hard with Android releases over the last six months, scoring an exclusive with the HTC Desire HD at the end of 2010 and committing to partnering again with HTC with the global launch of the 7-inch Flyer tablet due mid-year. With the additions of the Nexus S, Xperia Arc and upcoming HTC Desire Z, Vodafone's Android range will soon be a total of 11 handsets. Optus will also range 11 Android phones including its recent acquisition of the Motorola Defy.

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ARoy posted a comment   

One of the most appealing aspects about the Nexus S is that the updates are frequent and it will always be running the newest version of Android. However, on Vodafone, will this still be the Case? My Desire HD has received absolutely zero so far and I know that there have been plenty.....

 

Dusty posted a comment   

Seriously, the ACCC needs to get involved. Why is Vodafone the only carrier getting these smart phones? What's the point in having a really good phone with no reception?! Also, Vfone are snubbing existing customers by telling them they don't have certain smartphones in stock, but then selling them to new customers.

 

TonyM123 posted a reply   

Its just good business. HTC agree to sell it only to Voda in exchange for Voda's commitment to push X amount of units. No different to some places only selling Sony products. If you want weird, try that the 3 branded stores can sell vodafone, but the vodafone stores can only sell vodafone...

 

Dusty posted a reply   

I do see your point. It is good business, if I were an existing customer though, I'd be a little "cheesed". FYI, that part was hearsay. Not sure if we can post links so will just say the Ausdroid site (Google it) has good news for Telstra customers re Nexus S.

 

Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   
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I saw that bit of news on Ausdroid about Canadian Telus branded Nexus S handsets working on the Telstra network. There are a number of Aussie phone importers who already sell a Next G compatible Nexus S if you're looking for one.

 

Dusty posted a reply   

I do see your point. It is good business, if I were an existing customer though, I'd be a little "cheesed". FYI, that part was hearsay. Not sure if we can post links so will just say the Ausdroid site (Google it) has good news for Telstra customers re Nexus S.




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