I've been talking about Sony Ericsson Xperia phones for a while now and when I heard about the announcement of the Xperia Ray and Xperia Active I was actually intrigued as to what they would have to offer. We know that Ericsson has taken well to Android and is now looking to become the top seller of phones on the Android platform. With Xperia Arc, Xperia Play and Xperia Neo already on the roster what directions would they take with 2 new phones?
It turns out that despite small screen sizes, 3in. for the Active and 3.3in. for the Ray, both phones will take advantage of the Mobile Bravia engine which is intended to transplant the Sony Bravia TV experience to mobile handsets by improving contrast and color management. One noticeable difference is the resolution of the Ray at 854 x 480 compared to the much more standard 480 x 320 of the Arc. That seems cool, we already saw some of that at CES this year but the Arc will deliver something more interesting that might make up for a more lacking display.
Hit the break to see the Reality Display in action from CES this year and for more details.
People who expose their cherished mobile phones to the elements during recreational activities or what not might favor the ruggedness of the Arc as it is dust proof and water resistant. So much so, that it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for half an our and still function. Also the Arc is conveniently pre-loaded with certain sports and recreational activity related apps. Isn't Sony Ericcson just swell?
Other than that, both phones will have the usual 1Ghz processor with GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, HD video recording and cameras. It will be a 5 MP for the Arc and 8.1 MP for the Ray but that's ok, with the Arc you can take pictures underwater I guess. It's good to see Ericcson making an effort to take the number one spot. We'll see how it works out for them in time.