Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Overview
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a high end Android smartphone with a suave design and a quality megapixel camera. Featuring a glossy, trimmed aluminum chassis, the handset is available in four different colours: black, white, gold, and pink. Its high resolution Reality Display is powered by the Mobile Bravia Engine, best known for its innovation in sharpness, colour management, noise reduction, and contrast enhancement.
The 8.1 MP camera is equipped with a Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor and a host of advanced camera options such as 16x digital zoom and aperture f/2.4. Its unique facial and smile recognition software can be used to sort and categorise your photo albums, in addition to capturing video at a resolution of 720p HD.
A Guide To The Xperia Ray
Reported to be released in the third quarter of 2011, the Xperia Ray will feature the latest Android operating system, Gingerbread 2.3. While its predecessors the Xperia Play and Xperia Neo were often lost in the nebula of competing smartphones, the Xperia Ray promises to offer more impressive tech while maintaining a level of affordability. It's likely the compact handset will be around £20-£25 per month on contract when it launches in the UK later this year.
Smaller than other Sony Ericsson products, the Xperia Ray is fitted with a 3.3 inch FWVGA display screen that is undoubtedly the highlight of the handset. The screen has a resolution of 854 x 480 and is incredibly sharp, nearly commensurate to the retina display featured on the iPhone 4. The screen is small but still serviceable enough to use as a primary video player when travelling.
The system is powered by a 1 GHz Scorpion processor coupled with a Adreno 205 GPU, ideal for flash based video and gaming. Although storage is limited to 300 MB of internal memory, a 4 GB microSD card is included with purchase, with the option to upgrade to 32 GB as needed.
Battery life for phone usage is reported to be between 6 and 7 hours depending on the network. Standby time is roughly 450 hours with music listening time has been calculated at 36 hours of continuous play. The rest of Xperia Ray's features are fairly standard, with expandable storage and 3G network capability. Those hoping for more connectivity may be disappointed, however, in the lack of an HDMI slot.
The lightweight chassis and rubber backing make the device extremely portable, yet comfortable enough to prevent typing from becoming cumbersome. Much like the Xperia Arc, the Ray is supplied with a 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor technology. It has a quick shutter speed, a single LED flash, and improved power, lock, and volume buttons. The keyboard is noticeably better than previous incarnations, leading to better accuracy and more efficient data entry.
The Android 2.3 software will be overlaid by Sony Ericsson's proprietary TimeScape 4.0 system. TimeScape will have Facebook Inside functionality to help users quickly share comments and suggestions over the popular social network. Other tweaks include the Google Nexus S shut-off animation, floating widgets, and a shakeable screen that causes the icons to bobble about in total disarray.
As for more practical apps, the media player is the same offering users have come to expect from Walkman, with buttons to sort YouTube videos by favourite artist and Facebook options to show users what music their friends and contacts are into at the moment.
Features and Specifications
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TimeScape 4.0
- 1 GHz Scorpion processor
- Adreno 205 GPU
- 300 MB internal memory with microSD expansion up to 32GB (4GB card included)
- 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
- Dimensions: 4.4 × 2.1 × 0.4 inches
- Weight: 3.5 oz
- 8.1 megapixel rear-facing camera
- Sony BRAVIA Mobile engine, Scratch-resistant
- 3.3 inch FWVGA display
- 480 x 854 resolution
- 3G support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
- Accelerometer sensor and proximity sensor
In total, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a decent handset given its compact dimensions and modest pricing. With a serviceable camera, a strong processor and high resolution display, there will likely be a strong market for the Xperia Ray in the UK.