Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: UK release and price unveiled

By Posted 4 Jul 2011, 21:25

The week before last we told you that Sony Ericsson had just unveiled the Xperia Active and Xperia Ray smartphones, which both run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as well as a new feature phone known simply as the Sony Ericsson Txt. We have some interesting news now for those of you that live in England, as a UK release and price have now been unveiled.

According to Chris Martin over at theinquirer.net, the recently announced Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray has been given a SIM-free price of £349 by online retailer Play.com, with the release date down as August 15th. The smartphone will also be arriving at The Carphone Warehouse, although at this stage there has been no mention of a price and the launch date is just down as August.

Other online retailers such as Expansys.com and Clove.co.uk have also posted up a product page for the upcoming handset, but have not provided details as to when it will be arriving or exactly how much the device will cost. Three UK also announced that they too will be stocking the device, which is 9.3mm thick, weighs just 100g and comes with an 8.1-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Tony Crammond over on the knowyourmobile.com website has written an interesting article recently, comparing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray with the Nokia X7. The first area of comparison is of course the power, with Nokia’s handset running on a 680MHz ARM 11 processor and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with a 1GHz CPU.

The Nokia X7 offers a Broadcom BCM2727 GPU, while the Xperia Ray comes with Adreno 205 GPU. In terms of camera comparison, both the X7 and the Xperia Ray come with 8-megapixel cameras with geo-tagging, face detection and 720p video capture. However, Sony Ericsson’s handset also comes with touch-focus, image stabilization and LED flash, while the X7 has the added benefit of a dual-LED flash.

The only downside to the Nokia X7’s camera is the fact that it’s fixed focus. Next area of comparison is the display, with the Nokia X7 featuring a 4-inch AMOLED display that operates at a 360 x 640 resolution, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray having a 3.3-inch LED-backlit screen with a resolution of 480 x 854. Another area of comparison was the software.

Although Nokia’s X7 handset runs on the latest version of the Symbian platform (known as Anna), Tony says that it looks dated, feels tired and performs laboriously. Meanwhile, the Xperia Ray runs on Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, as well as Sony Ericsson’s custom TimeScape UI. You can read the full comparison over on the knowyourmobile.com website.

Are you thinking about buying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray?