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Sony Ericsson launches Xperia Ray and Xperia Active

Yesterday, we get to see Sony Ericsson’s latest Android smartphone offerings, the slim and sexy Xperia Ray and the somewhat waterproof Xperia Active. Well, we already saw the Xperia ray before at the PLDT Jump Center but let’s have another go at it.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray and Active

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is made for the ladies with its slim (9.3mm) and sexy body. It has a 3.3″ screen with a 480 x 584 WVGA resolution and Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine for sharper resolution. A widescreen Reality Display looks nice for watching videos but not so much when you’re texting unless you’re doing it in landscape mode or switch to an alphanumeric keyboard when in portrait.

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Other specs include a 1GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera that does 720p HD video recording and also has Sony’s 3D/2D Sweep Panorama feature. I’m going to say it again, it’s the Xperia Arc shrinked for a lady’s hand. It comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) by the way but is certainly upgradeable.

It has an SRP of Php17,500 but you can find stores selling it for a few thousand less. The Xperia ray comes in black, gold, pink and white.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Specs:
Qualcomm MSM8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU; Adreno 205 GPU
3.3″³ capacitive display @ 480×854 pixels
Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
1 GB (300 MB user available), 512 MB RAM
HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
8MP autofocus camera w/ Photo light; Exmor R sensor
VGA front-facing camera
[email protected] HD video recording
HDMI output
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Po 1500mAh battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
100 g
SRP: Php17,500

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

On the other hand, for those more manly or have an active lifestyle, or just plain clumsy to drop a phone in a toilet bowl (ehem), the Xperia active is suitable.

The Xperia active is dust-proof, scratch-resistant and water proof of up to 3 feet but only for about 15 minutes before water seeps in. A real Boy Scout of a phone but no, you won’t use this underwater. It’s for just-in-case situations only. Removing the back reveals another layer of protection for the battery and its innards.

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The Xperia active has a slightly smaller screen than that of the Xperia ray at 3.0 inch (320 x 480) and uses the TimeScape UI that is similar to the X10 Mini and Mini Pro with the corner shortcuts. Despite the small screen, it still uses Sony’s Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine for a really good display quality.

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Other features include the same 1GHz processor as that of the ray, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5 megapixel camera that also has that 3D sweep panorama and 720p HD video recording capability. It also comes with sports apps such as iMapMyFitness and built-in GPS, barometer and compass functionality. Told you it’s a boy scout’s phone.

This one’s not yet available in the country as of this writing but it should be arriving in a week or two with an SRP of Php15,500. Colors available would be Orange/Black and White/Black.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active Specs:
Qualcomm MSM8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU; Adreno 205 GPU
3.0″ capacitive display @ 320×480 pixels
Sony Mobile Bravia Engine
1 GB (320 MB user available), 512 MB RAM
HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
5MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash and Photolight
[email protected] HD video recording
Dust and water resistant
Wet-finger tracking
GPS w/ aGPS support, digital compass
Li-Po 1200mAh battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
110.8 g
SRP: Php15,500
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  • droly23hp

    sonethings wrong on the specs.. kindly reverse it..

    • egads i gotta stop doin this. thanks man and apologies for the mix up.

  • Chirag

    Are you sure the Xperia Active has an Exmor R sensor with the camera? The website doesn’t say so but i have also noticed this detail in the Xperia Active User Guide Manual. Can you please confirm?

  • Chirag

    Same issue with the secondary camera as well? Can you please confirm if the phone has a secondary camera?

    • Boo… another so-so phone with Ginergread to boot and yet… lacks a front facing camera. Never mind the smallish 3″ screen, never mind the somewhat bulky, thick profile… but no front facing camera on a Gingerbread device? C’mon! You could’ve made a comeback with this one… You really, really missed it big, SEMC. Hello? Ever heard of Tango and Skype video call? Tsk, tsk… NEXT!!!

      • Get the ray then… or the play… or the arc. lots of choices man.

  • Made some few corrections. Should’ve checked the SE site rather than GSMArena. 😉

    There’s no secondary camera on the active and it’s main camera is not Exmor R. just plain 5 megapixel.

  • Calvs,

    They tried taking photos underwater using Active. Of course it has it’s limitations but it was doable. 🙂

    Clo

    • haha oo but not practical. for testing purposes lang.

      • I’m playing with an Active for a week and a half.. hihihi.. 🙂

        • Calvs,

          It can receive calls underwater, record a video if you press the start button before you dip it in the water. yun pa lang so far.. hehehe.. the walkmate is a cool pedometer.

          Clo

          • grace

            is this already available? where? ty

          • yung ray pa lang. it should be available sa mga mobile shops or sa sony ericsson stores.

          • yup yun nga. what i meant was hindi gumagana yung mga touchscreen buttons underwater. ganun din problema ng ipod touch pag nilagyan ng underwater case eh.