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Stylish Xperia Ray and tough Xperia Active phones revealed by Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Ray and Xperia Active have been revealed at Singapore’s CommunicAsia 2011 industry event.

The latest additions to the Xperia smartphone portfolio, they’ve taken very different approaches attempting to differentiate between an increasingly similar smartphone selection.

The Xperia Active is aimed at those who take their smartphones with them on runs, rock-climbing, skateboarding runs and other cool sports.

It’s running Android 2.3, as is the Xperia Ray, and is even water resistant; Sony Ericsson say it’ll be able to survive at a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.

The enlarged plastic loop means you’ll be able to attach it securely to your clothes and equipment.

The Xperia Ray looks like a 2011 redesign of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10, with an 8.1-megapixel shooter and 3.3-inch capacitive touchscreen.

It was spotted earlier this year, under the codename Urushi, meaning lacquer in Japanese, and explains the shiny finish of the new Android phone.

This smaller screen leads us to believe it could arrive with a mid-range prce-tag, in direct competition with our favourite middle-weight smartphones.

We spoke to Sony Ericsson, whose told us that the Xperia Ray will be definitely be released in the UK, with the global release date pegged for Q3 of 2011.

The Xperia Active will be released with pre-loaded sports apps “that enable consumers to easily track their fitness levels.” Expect jogging-route tracking through GPS and gym workout alerts.

Release dates for the Xperia Ray and Xperia Active are set for Q3 in 2011, but that’ll be in ‘selected markets’, and it could be an Asia-exclusive, thus the ‘selected markets’ mentioned in the press release we’ve received.

We’ve been in touch with Sony Ericsson, and are waiting to hear back from them on whether the Xperia Active will also arrive on these shores.


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