The Swedish-Japanese manufacturer Sony Ericsson has surprised with the announcement of new terminals at the ComunicAsia 2011 fair , where they have expanded the catalog of Android-based mobiles . This Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray is one of them. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray has the peculiarity of being a device with which the company joins bias phones based on the design , but not just tune a performance profile according to the generation dual-core ( Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation, LG Optimus 2x ), so,like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, it appears to have been developed to compete a few steps below those devices . The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray is expected to hit stores in late summer , although there is no news about its price.
Design and display
With 9.4 millimeters of uniform thickness , Sony Ericsson begins to bet on slim mobiles with this Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray . The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc was thinner at its narrowest part, but in the case of this phone, the result is, as we say, more consistent. It is a fairly compact mobile for what we usually find in this generation, and a 3.3-inch screen certifies this.
It is a tad smaller than, for example, the iPhone , although it uses an excellent resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which is the value that until now we found on large-format screens, so the image definition is really good . The screen is also based on the Bravia Mobile Engine , a native Sony system that comes from its living room screens, and that achieves very vivid color levels.
Few surprises in this section. The connection profile of this device is in line with what we could find in most smartphones of this generation. That is to say, we can access the Internet through 3G or Wi-Fi networks , link the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray to other devices through Bluetooth 3.0 or recharge and synchronize content using microUSB 2.0.
It also has a GPS sensor with A-GPS function , with which we could use the geolocation function integrated into the system, which, as you know, is none other than Google Maps , the Android map suite that we can use without spending a single euro. .
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray installs a Qualcomm processor with a power of one GHz , which places the performance of this terminal at the height of the best that we could have seen ... last year. On the other hand, the RAM memory is limited to 512 MB , so it is clear that the manufacturer has not sought to design a device loaded with power.
Regarding storage memory, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray also does not show chest before the competition. In the tradition of HTC mobiles , it does not install a large capacity, and is limited to 300 anecdotal MegaBytes , which will have to be expanded with external microSD cards of up to 32 GB . However, a 4GB drive is included in the retail set .
As for the platform on which the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray works , it is Android 2.3 Gingerbread , the latest version of Google's operating system for touch phones . Android allows us to personalize the functions of the phone with the help of the more than 350,000 applications that are concentrated in the Android Market.
In addition, it has a user interface that we can design as we please with the help of floating windows (widgets) that put the applications we use the most at hand, in addition to configuring a complete and very comfortable notification system, which, of course is, they integrate wonderfully with native Google applications .
While some files are missing a lot of users will miss between compatible with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray (such as DivX or MKV in HD ), the terminal has a good profile sorportados files, both audio and video. By the way, in this section, where the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray stands out the most is in the camera, something that this manufacturer has already used to us.
Bet by a sensor 8.1 megapixels , based on a Exmor-R lens , with the seal of the Japanese house, which captures images at a really good quality. Not surprisingly, it is rumored that it is the same sensor that we will find in the iPhone 5 , although in the case of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray , the video function is limited to a 720p resolution , and does not reach the FullHD index of other mobiles in the park current.
Installing as a standard battery for the smartphone generation (charged with 1,500 milliamps ), the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray achieves very respectable autonomy rates, which are approximately seven hours in use , and between 430 and 440 hours in rest, which is quite remarkable.
Why doesn't Sony Ericsson give everything for everything? While the competition focuses part of its effort on creating powerful flagships for the smart mobile segment , loaded with state-of-the-art features, the Swedish-Japanese consortium accommodates itself in terminals of a category that is gradually being displaced to a mid-range -High up with the help of the brown beasts of manufacturers like LG, Samsung or HTC.
This Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray falls short again to compete with those top-of-the-line terminals. And although its price is unknown, if it follows in the wake of what was presented at the past Mobile World Congress 2011 , it is very likely that it is not an inexpensive device , and that it will finally place its acquisition cost at 500 euros , which which would make it a bad option compared to other devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S Plus, the HTC Desire S or the HTC Incredible S or the LG Optimus Black. The great asset of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray would be to place its price between 300 and 400 euros. Otherwise, it could have little future in the market.
|Dimensions||111 x 53 x 9.4 mm|
|Memory||300 MB internal memory|
Expandable with 32GB microSD cards
4GB card included in the sales package
|screen||3.3 inch multi-touch LCD|
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
16 million colors
Bravia Mobile Engine
Proximity and autorotation sensor
|Camera||8.1 Megapixel sensor|
3264 x 2448 pixels
720p HD video recording
Geotagging, face detector and image stabilizer
|Multimedia||Play music, video and photos|
Supported formats: JPEG / MPEG4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV / VC-1 / MP3 / AAC / AAC + / eAAC + / OGG / WMA / AMR-NB / AMR-WB / WAV / MID / AC3 / IMY / FLAC / XMF
FM radio tuner with RDS
|Controls and connections||Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system|
Bluetooth 3.0 + A2DP
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
Qualcomm 1 GHz processor
Dedicated Adreno 205 graphics processor
3.5mm headphone output
MicroSD card slot
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
|Autonomy||1,500 mAh lithium battery|
Standby: 430 hours (2G) / 440 hours (3G)
Conversation: 6:50 hours (2G) / 7 hours (3G)
Music playback: 36 hours
|+ info||Sony Ericsson|