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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

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 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.