The latest Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia Ray looks set to wow with a pocket-friendly profile and weight; just 100g.

Alongside the Xperia Active and Xperia Arc S, the Ray looks set to be one of Sony Ericsson’s big sellers, with the Swedish-Japanese firm plotting grand scale advertising and publicity ahead of the Christmas season.

Despite its petite appearance, like its stablemate the Xperia mini, it’s still crammed with a ton of features; most importantly, perhaps, being an 8-megapixel shooter on the back - replete with Sony’s Exmor R sensor for top shots in low light.

The 1GHz processor ensures that, at least during the time we’ve had it out of the box, it can handle pretty much everything we can throw at it. It also means there’s enough power to handle high-definition recording.

The 3.3-inch screen somehow manages to carry the same resolution as its bigger brothers. with a whopping 283 ppi; putting it closer to the iPhone’s retina screen than either the Xperia Arc or Neo.

But we’ve compared the Ray to the rest of the Sony Ericsson family already. Click on for some more pictures and details, and expect a full review from us next week.

Oh, and we requested a gold model, because we’re classy like that. The Xperia Ray will be available in gold, black, pink and white.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: In the box

Inside the box, it's the standard selection of earphones with built-in remote, USB cable and AC adapter. Curiously, no screen protector unlike the Xperia Mini or Mini Pro. And we'll get to that later...

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Buttons

It's later and here's a problem, despite the phone being fresh out the box, the main physical home button has already picked up a fare share of visible scratches - not boding well for how the screen and buttons will look after a few months. It would've been nice to see a screen protector in the box.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Camera

The Xperia Ray packs a whopping Exmor R 8-megapixel camera, capable of HD video. All in this tiny package - we'll be giving it a good test this week.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Battery and storage

Taking of the plastic cover, which admittedly feels much more solid than the arc's cover, reveals the SIM and microSD slot. You'll need to remove the 1500mAh battery to access both.

A 4GB Class 2 microSD card comes inside; a nice touch.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Top

At the top, you'll find the on-off button and headphone socket. On the smaller Ray frame, it doesn't seem as much of a stretch to lock the screen compared to the Xperia Arc and Neo.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Left side

On the left side, there's the microUSB charging socket, and you can see the uniform thiness of the body.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Right side

Just a volume-rocker on the right side.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Comparison with Xperia Arc and Xperia Mini Pro

Stacking the Xperia Ray against the Arc and Mini Pro, the Ray looks to set a happy medium between portability and a high-quality display. Much thinner than the Xperia Mini Pro, and going toe-to-toe with the Xperia Arc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray: Comparison with Xperia Arc and Xperia Mini Pro

One happy family; its screen-size is closer to the Xperia Mini Pro, but the Xperia Ray's resolution is on par with the Xperia Arc, making the Ray sharper incomparison.