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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia ray shows up in Japan


Seems like Sony Ericsson has certainly been rolling out all those drool-worthy smartphones recently. If you would remember, it was just five days since we last posted the information about Sony Ericsson launching its Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro smartphones here in Singapore, and the company is once again making headlines. Except that this time, it has got something to do with the release of the Xperia ray, a thin and lightweight Android-powered smartphone, for Japan. More details about this smartphone coming right up.

Does Sony Ericsson's Xperia ray smartphone ring a bell? We really will not be surprised if it does; after all, information about this particular smartphone was first announced by the company way back in June this year, although details about its eventual release date, operating system and specifications were kept tightly guarded. That is all set to change though, for Japan's NTT DOCOMO has just announced the launch of the Xperia ray in Japan, where it is expected to hit the country's retail shelves come August 27.

According to NTT DOCOMO, the new Xperia ray smartphone sports a thin and lightweight aluminum body, a trait which we believe will greatly appeal to fashion-conscious consumers. In addition, NTT DOCOMO has confirmed that the Xperia ray will be shipped with version 2.3 of the Android operating system preloaded into it, while its main processing muscle will be provided by a “fast 1GHz CPU”, although the company has conveniently chosen not to provide any details about the aforementioned processor.

Additional information about the Xperia ray provided by NTT DOCOMO reveals that that the smartphone will incorporate several well-known Sony technologies, such as the implementation of xLOUD audio technology for enhanced sound quality and an EXMOR R camera capable of capturing still images at a maximum resolution of 8.1 megapixels. Last but definitely not least, NTT DOCOMO has also confirmed that the Xperia ray will sport a “high-resolution, 3.3-inch touchscreen Reality Display utilizing the Mobile BRAVIA engine”, as well as Sony's POBox Touch 4.3 predictive text-input system which reportedly allows for quicker and easier text input in either English or Japanese.

And contrary to earlier rumours, it seems that the Xperia ray is not designed to be waterproof, so users might want to ensure that they do not accidentally give their new smartphone a shower of sorts under any circumstances.

No information about the Xperia ray's pricing or contract plans has been revealed by NTT DOCOMO, although the company has claimed that it will be accepting preorders for the phone from as early as August 12, 15 days before the smartphone officially goes up on sale in Japan.


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