Sony Ericsson Urushi Made Official As The Ray

A total of three new Sony Ericsson mobile phones were unveiled today, starting out with this, the Ray. We’ve previously spotted the Ray under its codename of Urushi, and also as the ST18i, and it’s the phone with the most impressive feature list of the new devices.

The design is up to Sony Ericsson’s usual high standards, and the slim aluminium frame – just 9.4mm – should feel great in the palm of your hand. On the front is a large BRAVIA touchscreen with a slightly unusual 3.3″ measurement and a resolution of 854 x 480. The Ray weighs just 100 grams, making it a real lightweight compared to its competitors.

Inside is a 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, but the best news is that the Ray will use Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which means Sony Ericsson has finally got out of the habit of using older, out-of-date software.

Around the back of the phone is an autofocus 8.1 megapixel camera with an LED flash, which uses the Exmor R CMOS sensor – also seen on the Arc. The camera’s a good one too, with everything from touch focus, 16x digital zoom, face and smile detection, plus 720p HD video recording.

The extensive feature list also includes everything from DLNA support, GPS, A2DP Bluetooth, a 3.5mm headphone socket, an FM RDS radio and Sony Ericsson’s Timescape and Mediascape Android tweaks.

As you’ve probably already realised, the Ray’s spec sheet isn’t far off its bigger brother, the Arc. Depending on the final price, it could be a good alternative buy for those on a tighter budget. Sony Ericsson hasn’t provided a release date as yet, only saying it’ll be out during Q3 this year.

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