So, following on from the earlier story we can now tell you more about the Sony Ericsson Xperia play. It’s got a stylish aluminium body and will be available from Q3 in “selected markets”. We’re actually hearing that Three UK will be picking this up from the summer.
We again have the excellent Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA engine and the splendid low-light camera performance with that Exmor R CMOS sensor. It’s only 9.4mm thick and has a 3.3″ 854 x 480 pixel screen with scratch-resistant mineral glass. Around the back there’s an 8.1 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, HD video recoding and an image stabilizer. Up front the second camera takes VGA snaps and lets you do video calls. Powered by Android 2.3 it’ll be available in black, gold, white and pink.
Other specs include a 1500mAh battery, aGPS, WiFi, DLNA, 3.5mm audio, tethering, FM radio and the Facebook inside Xperia feature we showed you earlier.
Sony Ericsson stuns with Xperia™ ray
• Sleek, beautiful smartphone with stylish aluminium frame
• Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with 8.1mp camera and Exmor R™ for mobile
• Latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3) with Facebook inside Xperia™
22nd June 2011, Singapore – Sony Ericsson today announced Xperia™ ray – a stunning new smartphone alongside CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. With a 3.3” screen and running the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3), the phone packs in a powerful 1Ghz processor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, a 8.1mp camera with Exmor R™ for mobile and HD video functionality. At only 9.4mm thin, Xperia™ ray incorporates market leading design for which Sony Ericsson has become known.
To add to a full set of specifications, the phone incorporates a front facing camera and a scratch resistant screen with excellent resolution and brightness and integrated touch keys. Sony Ericsson’s unique integration of Facebook inside Xperia™ delivers a unique consumer experience for greater social interaction. In combination with the Google services, as well as access to over 200,000 Apps via the Android Market™, it provides a solid and entertaining smartphone foundation.
Daniel Sandblom, Global Product Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson said: “We expect Xperia™ ray to appeal to consumers who are looking for a combination of beautiful design and a rich feature set. We are able to uniquely deliver this with a combination of premium materials and multimedia features provided by Sony.”
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q3 2011.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray at a glance.
*Please note that all services mentioned below may not be available in every market.
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray
Facts Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Size: 111 x 53 x 9.4mm
Weight: 100 grams
Camera 8.1mp camera
16x digital zoom
Front-facing camera (VGA)
HD video recording (720p)
Send to web
Sony Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
Music Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
Sony Ericsson Music Player
TrackID™ music recognition application
Internet Android Market™
Google Voice Search
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)
Communication Call list
Sony Ericsson Timescape™
Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
Video chat ready
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Design Auto rotate
Keyboard (on-screen, 12 key)
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Reality display with Sony Mobile
Entertainment 3D games
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Google Gallery 3D™
Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack
Google Maps™ with Street View
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google™ Sync
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
Synchronisation with computer
Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB mass storage
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation
Display Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
16,777,216 colour TFT
Capacitive touchscreen (multi-touch)
854 x 480 pixels
Scratch-resistant mineral glass
Memory Phone memory (user-free): Up to 300MB
Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB
Memory card included: 4GB microSD™
Battery life Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 6 hrs 50 min*
Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs*
Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 440 hrs*
Music listening time: Up to 36 hrs
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 45 min
*According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
Networks UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
In the kit 1500mAh battery,
Stereo portable handsfree
4GB microSD™ memory card
Micro USB cable for charging
Synchronisation and file transfer
(LiveSound™ in selected markets)
Smart Extras™ appropriate for Xperia™ ray:
• LiveSound™: Available as part of the package with Xperia™ ray in selected markets, this provides consumers with the best possible audio experience combined with a stylish, tangle-free design. The headphones also allow consumers to remotely access applications from the phone through LiveKey™ control, which gives consumers direct access to their applications with a simple push of a button.
• LiveDock™ gives consumers the ability to seamlessly integrate their Sony Ericsson smartphone into their home. By simply connecting their smartphone to the docking station, consumers will be able to easily launch applications from the Android Market™ and charge their phones at the same time.