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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Goes On Sale For £330

The Xperia Ray (not to be confused with the Xperia Play) has been put on preorder status with a suggested SIM free retail price of £330 including VAT and delivery.

The handset was announced last month and mobile handset specialist digital-phone is the first to offer the smartphone on preorder in the UK.

The Ray looks like a smaller version of the Xperia X10 or the arc with a slimline chassis and a focus on looking good rather than any other particular feature.

It does look pretty and on top of that comes some fairly decent specifications including an eight-megapixel snapper with Sony's own Exmor R sensor, 720p HD recording capabilities with AF and geo-tagging, a secondary VGA camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a microSD card slot (wiht a 4GB bundled card), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm audio socket.

The Ray also features a 3.3-inch 854x480 pixel capacitive touchscreen which has one of the highest pixel densities of all recent smartphones, almost matching that of the iPhone 4's retina display; it also uses Sony's Bravia screen technology

At £330, the Ray is more than a decent handset. It is actually just as good as the Samsung Galaxy S or the HTC Desire S and certainly would be a great alternative to the Neo or the arc if you don't mind a smaller screen.

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