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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

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Our Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Review is now published - click here to read it.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
Three new Sony Ericsson handsets, among which was the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, were announced pretty hush-hush at CommunicAsia 2011 just a few weeks ago. Looking at the preview unit in our hands, we feel the handset actually deserved more attention to be brought to it.

As small touchscreen smartphones go, it is almost the perfect size, not getting lost in your palm if you have big hands, and fitting admirably if you are regular. The Xperia ray is one of the thinnest smartphones at 0.37” (9.4 mm), and feathery at just 3.53oz (100 g), plus we noticed that the handset is extremely comfortable for one handed operation due to its dimensions.

A big part amidst the phone's positives plays the screen, which is 3.3” LCD, a breath of fresh air after the huge 4”+ Android phones of late, since Sony Ericsson didn't skimp on the level of image detail, gracing the Xperia ray with 480x854 pixels - one of the highest resolutions we've encountered on a screen of this size. Plugging the numbers in a pixel density calculator returned 299ppi, which is just shy of the 300ppi “Retina” threshold. Moreover, it features Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine, for enhanced color intensity and contrast while watching pictures or video.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is almost the perfect size, not getting lost in your palm if you have big hands - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is almost the perfect size, not getting lost in your palm if you have big hands - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is almost the perfect size, not getting lost in your palm if you have big hands - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is almost the perfect size, not getting lost in your palm if you have big hands


Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

This alone makes it a pretty enticing handset, running the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but when you add the 8MP Exmor R camera sensor on the back with LED video light (yep, you can't use it as a flash), which proved its virtues in the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, we might have a formidable category contender.

Moreover, the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray might turn out the first to hit retail with the new Xperia line design, with a huge semi-circle in the middle for a physical home button, and two capacitive keys on its flanks. We dare to say it's better than the previous design, which had overly thin buttons arranged in an arch under the display, which took getting used to. Unlike the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, the Xperia ray sports a front-facing VGA camera for video chat, but it skips on the HDMI port – something's gotta give. There are also only 300MB of ROM, but a 4GB microSD card will be included in the package.

Buttons on the front - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
Front-facing camera - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
Top - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

Buttons on the front

Front-facing camera

Top


The resulting design looks very stylish – a thin handset with shiny black front, but lighthearted at the same time, with the choice of pink, black, white and gold colors. It is actually one of the few handsets that look even better in person to us than the press shots, which don't do the glossy front justice. It has every chance to grab the hearts of the design-conscious and/or female smartphone lovers, plus it delivers on the functionality front as well. The only thing we disliked is the placement of the microUSB port on the upper left side, which makes using the phone with the cable plugged in a bit  uncomfortable.

The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray


Right side - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
Volume rocker - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
Left side - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview
microUSB port - Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Preview

Right side

Volume rocker

Left side

microUSB port



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posted on 15 Jul 2011, 13:39

1. Arashal (unregistered)


Xperia ray can get picture in darkness with flash check the sony ericsson official website:http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/xperia-ray?cc=ae&lc=en#view=features_specifications

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 21:41

3. yessia (unregistered)


cuando vendra el xperia ray a la venta lo necesito en el peru ya porke lo necesito comprar ya , me gusta el pene porseaka , al menos chupar la cebezita del pene y me gusta mamar la leche

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 14:35

4. anurag2u (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


Guys when u think of sony ericcson in ur mind just think that it always has good sound quality. Just insert a song which has good bass in to your xperia or W8 phone and insert your ear chords in correct postion and keep full volume and you will come to know the power of sony W-8 i just bought two days back and i too thought that phone is useless in sound quality but it is the problem what kind of songs we are putting in it.So just think first wheth.er your song is having bass or not

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 02:42

5. Souravmitra (unregistered)


Did anyone observe in the preview video, that the touch sensitive keys are not back lit!!! How can one use them in dark ??

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Display3.3 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (297 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.37 x 2.09 x 0.37 inches
(111 x 53 x 9.4 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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