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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Is A Miniature X10, Arc

Sony Ericsson launched three new mainstream, mid-level Xperia smartphones yesterday and the one that caught our eye is the Xperia ray (opens in new tab) which looks like a smaller version of the X10/arc.

It comes in four different colours (black, gold, white and pink) with a 3.3-inch 854x480-pixel capacitive touchscreen as well as an 8.1-megapixel camera, Sony's proprietary Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Exmor R, two features that came from Sony's TV and camera segments respectively.

Like the X10, it packs a powerful 1Ghz system on chip, possibly from Qualcomm, with 4GB microSD card, support for up to 32GB microSD card, a front facing camera, DLNA support, HD recording capabilities, aGPS, native USB tethering, Wi-Fi and up to seven hours battery life.

As expected, it also comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with full access to Android Market, the full array of Google services and more than 200,000 apps.

Sony also has two accessories for the Xperia ray, the first is a pair of headphones called LiveSound that is not only tangle-free (apparently) but also allows users to remotely access their applications through a LiveKey control button.

The other one is LiveDock which is a groovy docking multimedia station that allows users to charge their smartphones and comes with one mini HDMI and one USB port.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.