June 22, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Sony Ericsson has two new entrants into its Android portfolio, announcing a solid new Gingerbread-powered compact phone, and a rugged device capable of handling daily bumps and bruises better than other SE phones.
The Xperia Ray is a phone with a “sleek and beautiful design” composed of an aluminum frame that adds a feeling of solidity. The Ray has a 9.4mm form factor, 3.3-inch screen, and a 1 GHz processor (specifics unknown a the moment, but likely a second-gen Qualcomm). The device has a BRAVIA engine for higher-quality images and an 8.1 mp camera with Exmor R, which we’ve covered as helping Sony produce some amazing shots on the mobile photos.
The Xperia Active isn’t slim and sexy as the Ray, but it’s decidedly sturdier. The phone is designed to endure the vigorous of an “active lifestyle,” so the phone is dust proof and water resistant. It also has a 1 GHz processor, 5 MP camera, and an on-screen heart rate and pulse monitor.
Both the Ray and Active are slated to be released in Q3 2011. The phones are likely heading to Asia first based on the announcement, but Sony Ericsson plans to release them in “globally in select markets.” Check out these promo videos to learn more and gauge your interest in the new Sony Ericsson Android phones.