Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray smartphone revealed

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Sony Ericsson have revealed details on a new handset today, the Xperia Ray, or the X-Ray as we’re hoping it will be nicknamed.

Running Android 2.3, it features a 1GHz processor under a 3.3 inch touchscreen, with the phone a mere 0.1mm thicker than an iPhone 4.

Sony’s Bravia Engine keeps video content super smooth with strong contrast levels, while an 8.1 MP camera using an Exmor R sensor should snap great photos. HD video recording is also possible, while a front-facing camera is included for video calls.

Shipping with a 4GB microSD card (with 300MB of internal memory), standby battery life maxes out at 430 hours, while LiveSound headphones and a LiveDock docking station are thrown in as “SmartExtras”.

“We expect Xperia Ray to appeal to consumers who are looking for a combination of beautiful design and a rich feature set,” said global product marketing manager Daniel Sandblom.

Available in four colours (black, gold, pink and white), the Xperia Ray will launch in Q3 2011. The Three UK network may offer it slightly earlier, stating that they will be carrying the handset from the Summer.

Gerald Lynch