O2 To Sell Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

O2 has put the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, part of the second wave of handsets from the company that were launched last month, in its "coming soon" section.

The mobile phone operator is the second carrier after Three UK, to do so and will join both the Mini Pro and the Mix, also from Sony Ericsson.

The Ray is essentially a smaller version of the arc, perfect for those looking for a powerful, yet compact smartphone.

The 9.4mm Ray runs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the same as the arc, comes with a "stylish" aluminium frame, a 3.3-inch touchscreen FWVGA scratch resistant display, an 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R technology with HD video recording functionality, a front facing camera, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bravia Mobile Engine, Facebook Integration (thanks to Facebook Inside Xperria), GPS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Sony Ericsson's new user interface) and a 4GB microSD card.

Expect the Xperia Ray to be available both on PAYG and on monthly contracts, from as little as £25 per month. As for the pricing, Sony Ericsson is likely to pitch the Ray a notch underneath the Xperia arc at around £300 or so. But then, the discounted Xperia X10 which comes with a similar spec (and a much bigger screen) can be found for less.