Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray To Land In UK Soon

Carphone Warehouse has put the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray on preorder with an August release date although pricing and tariff details have yet to be published.

Users can already preorder the device which marks the second wave of Sony Ericsson's Android assault this year, after the triple handset bonanza at Mobile World Congress nearly five months ago.

The ray, as with its other two comrades, is smaller than the three handsets presented earlier this year. It is only 9.4mm thick and has a 3.3-inch touchscreen that's enhanced by Sony's proprietary Mobile Bravia technology.

It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, sports an eight-megapixel camera with a Sony-sourced feature called Exmor-R and has a front facing camera as well.

As expected, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be bundled with an 8GB microSD card. No sign of Mediascape or Timescape, the user interface that Sony Ericsson introduced with the X10 range and appears to have been definitely scrapped.

Instead, there's a new one called "Facebook inside Xperia" which pulls updates and data from your Facebook account and displays them in a more mobile-friendly format.

Only Three Mobile has confirmed that it will be one of the mobile phone carriers to offer the Xperia ray.