September 17, 2014

Sony-Ericsson launches XPERIA Branded Ray and Active

Pictured to the left are the two newly announced Sony-Ericsson Android devices named the Ray and the Active respectively.  The Ray being the newest “luxury” model of the XPERIA line, and the Active being a rugged dust-proof and water resistant handset. Both are running Gingerbread, which is good news, but have some different specs as they are targeted at different market segments. Check the specs and full press release out after the break, along with two videos of each handset. 

As you can imagine, the Active handset is built to be a little more rugged, targeted at outdoor enthusiasts, Sony is marketing the unit as one that can take the wear and tear of an
“active” lifestyle.  The Ray is your more traditional handset, sporting the higher end features that the Active sacrifices for battery life.  Both units were announced for release in Asia, no word on stateside release yet but I would be surprised if we do not see them at some point.  The videos for both handsets are below, as well as the full press releases.

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR XPERIA RAY

22 June 2011

  • Sleek, beautiful smartphone with stylish aluminium frame
  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with 8.1mp camera and Exmor R™ for mobile
  • Latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3) with Facebook inside Xperia™

22 June 2011, Singapore – Sony Ericsson today announced Xperia™ ray – a stunning new smartphone alongside CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. With a 3.3” screen and running the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3), the phone packs in a powerful 1Ghz processor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, a 8.1mp camera with Exmor R™ for mobile and HD video functionality. At only 9.4mm thin, Xperia™ ray incorporates market leading design for which Sony Ericsson has become known.

To add to a full set of specifications, the phone incorporates a front facing camera and a scratch resistant screen with excellent resolution and brightness and integrated touch keys.  Sony Ericsson’s unique integration of Facebook inside Xperia™ delivers a unique consumer experience for greater social interaction. In combination with the Google services, as well as access to over 200,000 Apps via the Android Market™, it provides a solid and entertaining smartphone foundation.

Daniel Sandblom, Global Product Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson said: “We expect Xperia™ ray to appeal to consumers who are looking for a combination of beautiful design and a rich feature set. We are able to uniquely deliver this with a combination of premium materials and multimedia features provided by Sony.”

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from Q3 2011.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray at a glance.

*Please note that all services mentioned below may not be available in every market.

Colours

  • Black
  • Gold
  • White
  • Pink

Facts

  • Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Size:  111 x 53 x 9.4mm
  • Weight: 100 grams

Camera

  • 8.1mp camera
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Aperture f/2.4
  • Auto focus
  • Face detection
  • Face recognition
  • Photo light
  • Front-facing camera (VGA)
  • Geo tagging
  • HD video recording (720p)
  • Image stabiliser
  • Scene detection
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile detection
  • Sony Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
  • Touch capture
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Video stabiliser

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™ service
  • SensMe™
  • Sony Ericsson Music Player
  • TrackID™ music recognition application
  • xLOUD™ Experience

Internet

  • Android Market™
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search
  • Google Voice Search
  • NeoReader™ barcode scanner
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (WebKit)

Communication

  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook™ application
  • Google Talk™
  • Noise Shield
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
  • Speakerphone
  • Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video chat ready

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail™
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Keyboard (on-screen, 12 key)
  • Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Reality display with Sony Mobile
  • BRAVIA® Engine
  • Touch screen
  • Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Motion gaming
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube™

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document editors
  • Document readers
  • E-Manual
  • Flight mode
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Gallery 3D™
  • Infinite button
  • Phone book
  • Setup Wizard
  • Widget manager

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DLNA Certified™
  • Google Latitude™
  • Google Maps™ with Street View
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Modem
  • Native USB tethering
  • Synchronisation via Facebook™
  • Synchronisation via Google™ Sync
  • Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
  • Synchronisation with computer
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • USB mass storage
  • Wi-Fi®
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation

Display

  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Capacitive touchscreen (multi-touch)
  • 3.3 inches
  • 854 x 480 pixels
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass

Memory

  • Phone memory (user-free): Up to 300MB
  • Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB
  • Memory card included: 4GB microSD™

Battery life

  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 6 hrs 50 min*
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs*
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs*
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 440 hrs*
  • Music listening time: Up to 36 hrs
  • Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 45 min
  • *According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

Networks

  • UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

In the kit

  • 1500mAh battery,
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 4GB microSD™ memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging
  • Synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
  • (LiveSound™ in selected markets)

Smart Extras appropriate for Xperia ray:

  • LiveSound™: Available as part of the package with Xperia™ ray in selected markets, this provides consumers with the best possible audio experience combined with a stylish, tangle-free design. The headphones also allow consumers to remotely access applications from the phone through LiveKey™ control, which gives consumers direct access to their applications with a simple push of a button.
  • LiveDock™ gives consumers the ability to seamlessly integrate their Sony Ericsson smartphone into their home. By simply connecting their smartphone to the docking station, consumers will be able to easily launch applications from the Android Market™ and charge their phones at the same time.

PRESS RELEASE XPERIA ACTIVE

22 June 2011

  • Dust proof and water resistant smartphone powered by Android™
  • Scratch resistant multi touch screen with wet finger tracking
  • All the applications for your active life, including on-screen heart rate monitoring through ANT+

22 June 2011, Singapore –Sony Ericsson today announced Xperia™ active, a compact smartphone targeting consumers with an active lifestyle, in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. With a 3” screen and running the latest Android platform for smartphones (Gingerbread 2.3), the phone packs Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, a 5mp camera with HD video functionality, and a powerful 1Ghz processor. Xperia™ active is dust proof and water resistant* and uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or a user’s fingers are wet.

The phone comes pre-loaded with sports apps that enable consumers to easily track their fitness levels. Users can set their ideal training route using the built-in GPS, Barometer and Compass. On-screen heart rate and pulse can be monitored in realtime (enabled by ANT+ wireless networking technology), while the iMapMyFitness app can monitor day to day performance.  Additionally, Facebook inside Xperia™ allows consumers to share their progress and experiences with friends.

Fredrik Månsson, Global Product Marketing Manager, Sony Ericsson said: “Xperia™ active is the ultimate smartphone for an active life. Not only is it packed with all the features and applications consumers need for a worry free mobile life, it also comes with a set of accessories that make it fun and easy for them to take it everywhere, whatever their daily plans are.”

Maria Sharapova, a three time grand slam winning tennis player added: “I love this smartphone because it perfectly fits both my professional and personal needs.  It keeps me in touch with my friends as I travel the world on the pro tour and tracks my fitness both on and off the court.”

Extras included in the box to further build the consumer experience:

  • One extra exchangeable soft touch back cover
  • Detachable ear hooks for the portable handsfree active headset
  • Wrist strap to keep the phone close at all times
  • An arm case for use during a workout
  • 2GB memory card to save all your special moments
  • Micro USB cable for charging and computer data transfer

*Water resistant – the phone can be kept under 1m of water for 30 mins.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active will be available globally in selected markets from Q3 2011.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active at a glance.

*Please note that all services mentioned below may not be available in every market.

Colours

  • Orange band with black back cover – white extra cover in the kit
  • White band with black back cover – white extra cover in the kit

Facts

  • Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Size: 55 x 92 x 16.5mm
  • Weight: 110.8 grams

Camera

  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Aperture f/2.6
  • Face detection
  • Face recognition
  • Flash/Photo light
  • Flash/LED
  • Geo tagging
  • HD video recording (720p)
  • Image stabiliser
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene detection
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile detection
  • Touch capture
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™ service*
  • Sony Ericsson Music Player
  • TrackID™ music recognition*
  • xLOUD™

Internet

  • Android Market™*
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search
  • Google Voice Search*
  • NeoReader™ barcode scanner
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (WebKit)

Communication

  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook™ application*
  • Google Talk™
  • Noise Shield
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Skype™**
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
  • Speakerphone
  • Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)*
  • Vibrating alert

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail™*
  • Instant messaging
  • Multimedia messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotation
  • Four-corner Home screen
  • Keyboard (on-screen, 12 key)
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Touch screen
  • Live wallpaper
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Wet finger tracking

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Health mate
  • Media browser
  • Motion gaming
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Radio (FM)
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • Walk Mate
  • YouTube™*

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document readers
  • eCompass™
  • E-Manual
  • Flight mode
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Gallery 3D™*
  • Infinite button
  • iMapMyFitness
  • Phonebook
  • Setup guide
  • Stopwatch**
  • Tasks**
  • Timer**
  • Torch functionality
  • Widget manager

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • aGPS*
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DLNA™ Certified
  • Google Latitude™*
  • Google Maps™ for Mobile
  • Google Maps™ with Street View*
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Modem
  • Native USB tethering
  • Pressure sensor***
  • Synchronisation via Facebook™*
  • Synchronisation via Google Sync™*
  • Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
  • Synchronisation with computer
  • Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
  • USB mass storage
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi®
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation*

Display

  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Capacitive touchscreen (multi-touch) with wet finger tracking
  • 3 inches
  • 320 x 480 pixels
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass

Memory

  • Phone memory (user-free): Up to 320MB
  • Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB
  • Memory card included: 2GB microSD™

Battery life

  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hrs 53 min*
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 351 hrs*
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 31 min*
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 335 hrs*
  • Music listening time: Up to 25 hrs
  • Video playback time: Up to 8 hrs 30 min
  • *According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

Networks

  • UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS HSPA 800, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

In the kit

  • Xperia™ active
  • 1200mah removable battery
  • Sport stereo headset
  • Arm case
  • Wrist strap
  • 2GB microsd™ memory card
  • Exchangeable cover
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging
  • Synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation

* This service is not available in all markets.
** This feature is not pre-installed.
*** Enhance your GPS navigation by for example measuring the height levels or to be used as barometer to provide you your local weather forecast.

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