Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Preview: First Look

By 02:37 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments


Big is in with Android phones but the Xperia ray is eager to prove that petite smartphones have a charm of their own. All the horsepower of the Arc in a body that's a centimeter shorter both ways - think a premium saloon turned into a roadster. The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray has plenty to offer, not the least of which is an 8MP capturing camera with HD video recording and a Bravia Mobile engine powered classy screen with eye-popping pixel density.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray official photos

The combo Sony Ericsson have put together includes a 1Giga Hertz (GHz) single core processor, 8MP capturing camera with 720p video and classy screen expertise borrowed from Sony's TV department. It's the same concoction behind the Arc, the Neo, and the recent Mini - now the Xperia ray.

On the face of it, the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray looks like a wideclassy screen version of the Mini, but whereas the Mini is rather chubby at 16mm, the Xperia ray clocks in at 9.4mm (despite the bigger, 1500mAh battery). The capturing camera is an 8MP unit to haged in line with the current crop of high-discontinue droids.

The 3.3" classy screen of FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution has nearly 300ppi pixel density (the Retina display has 326ppi) and we appreciate the mobile incarnation of Bravia.

Here's what the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray has to offer to those who have been on a lookout for a compact smartphone with high-discontinue specs.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray at a glance:

  • General: Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA
  • Form factor: Touchclassy screen bar phone
  • Dimensions: 111 x 53 x 9.4 mm, 100 g
  • Display: 3.3" 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen, 854 x 480 pixels, Sony Mobile Bravia engine, multi-touch input, scratch-resistant surface
  • CPU: elegant Qualcomm MSM8255 1 Giga Hertz (GHz) Snapdragon platform
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Memory: 300Mega Bytes (MB) user available storage, 512Mega Bytes (MB) RAM, microSD card slot, 4GB card included in the retail box
  • Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, face detection and geo-tagging; 720p video recording at 30fps with continuous autofocus
  • Connectivity: Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Misc: Sony Ericsson Timescape UI, built-in accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, digital compass, video-call camera

Having already seen the technology inside the Xperia ray in other Sony Ericsson handsets, we know what to expect: smooth Android handling with Sony Ericsson's unique hold on the user interface, remarkable 8MP stills and 720p video along with audiophile-grade sonic experience.

It's the design and build of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray that is the gigantic unknown in this preview. Usually phones are thin and gigantic (e.g. Xperia arc), or small but chubby (Xperia mini). The ray goes all in with a modern twist on a timeless classic look. It's a tough act to pull off, considering touchclassy screen bars don't allow much creativity. But when it works, the result is usually one excellent device.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray live shots

The bar is set at 10mm and the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is getting ready to limbo correct under that on the next page - let's cheer it on and see if it will do the 360-degree spin for us.



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