PHONE MAKER Sony Ericsson has announced two additions to its Xperia smartphone line in the Ray and Active handsets, both of which are due in the third quarter.
The handsets will both run Android 2.3 Gingerbread but appeal to two different sets of consumers. The Ray is focused on style and design whilst the Active is aimed at sports enthusiasts.
The Xperia Ray is a slim 9.4mm and lightweight 100g design. It seems to be a successor to the Xperia X10 and looks remarkably like the Sony X series walkman, which is not a bad thing at all
It will have a 3.3in Reality Display touchscreen with 480x854 resolution, which matches the Xperia Arc but in a smaller package. It will be available in black, white, pink and gold.
Daniel Sandblom, global product marketing manager at 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."
True to Sony Ericsson's history of quality cameras on its handsets, the Ray will have an 8.1MP camera capable of shooting HD 720p video and a front facing camera. The phone will be powered by a 1GHz processor with 300MB of memory along with storage in the form of a 4GB microSD card.
The second phone Sony Ericsson announced is the Xperia Active a handset, which is focused less on style and more on functionality and durability. It will have the same 1GHz processor as the Ray, a little more memory at 320MB but a smaller 2GB microSD storage card included.
The screen will be a 3in Reality Display touchscreen with 320x480 resolution. Sony Ericsson claims that is will be "dust proof and water resistant", and that it "uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or a user's fingers are wet."
The Active is a bit on the chunkier side than the Ray at 16.5mm and slightly heavier at 110g. It will have a 5MP camera but no front facing addition.
Pitched at the sportier consumer, the Active will come with accessories such as an extra back cover, a wrist strap, an arm case and detachable ear hooks for the portable hands free headset.
Sony Ericsson said the Active smartphone will come pre-loaded with sports apps like an on-screen heart rate monitor and the Imapmyfitness app to keep an eye on performance.
Both the Xperia Ray and Xperia Active will come with technologies you expect in a smartphone such as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. They are expected to tip up in the third quarter of this year and mobile operator Three has already confirmed that it will sell the phones. µ