One of Sony Ericsson's latest smartphones, the Xperia Ray, has gone on preorder at all major UK mobile phone operators with the exception of Three Mobile which has confirmed that the handset will come in September instead.
The Xperia Ray was launched back in June 2011 and looks like a smaller version of the Xperia Arc. Buymobilesphones is currently taking orders on T-Mobile with 100 minutes, 100 texts, 500MB data with unlimited Web and Email for £19.31 per month on an 18-month contract.
In comparison, the Xperia Arc, with 300 minutes and 300 texts will cost £23.60 per month for the same contract duration, hardly a massive jump in contract costs.
The Ray has a smaller 3.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with the same amount of memory (512MB), front facing camera, eight-megapixel Exmor R Sensor camera and Sony Mobile Bravia Engine for the screen as its bigger brother.
There's also the same Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 system on chip with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Wi-Fi and microSD card slot. The Arc comes with a HDMI connector though and an even slimmer chassis at 8.7mm.
Ultimately, the Ray will be more attractive to someone looking for a more compact form factor compared to the ARC; it is likely that the latter will drop in price even further and undercut the price of the Ray itself.