The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray was unleashed in 2011. The manufacturer has now staked everything on Android. Which makes strategic sense, enabling it to offer a rich and consistent experience. The Xperia Ray that we test here Sony Ericsson’s flagship smartphone.
After Xperia Arc was critically acclaimed, Sony Ericsson is back with a new smartphone which just as powerful, but much more compact: the Xperia Ray. The manufacturer uses a material allocation (hardware) identical to most of its range of smartphones in 2011. But what distinguishes this Ray is its compact dimensions with 111 x 53 x 9.4 mm. To achieve such a result, Sony Ericsson has made some small compromises, but no sacrifice.
The manufacturer has mainly lowered the size of the screen. It is now 3.3 inches, 4 inches against that of the Arc. But the size of the devices is not comparable, despite thickness it’s more or less equivalent. The Xperia Ray is almost an inch across the width and height to its big brother. However, despite its reduced diagonal, the display of the smartphone that we are testing is impressive because of its very fine resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. This display also features the new Bravia Engine.
For the rest of the phone, we find inside almost all of the technical features of the Arc. The heart of the Xperia Ray is managed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset with a processor running at 1GHz Scorpion and Adreno 205 graphics chip. The whole is supported by 512 MB of memory (RAM) and 1GB of storage. The photo sensor Exmor R offers an 8-megapixel LED flash and appears capable of shooting in HD 720p resolution. Connectivity side, this is still complete with 3G + at 7.2 Mbps in download and 5.8 Mbps upload, Wi-Fi b / g / n, DLNA, GPS (assisted) and Bluetooth 2.1.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a breath of fresh air in the world of mobile telephony. The current trend is for supercharged smartphones with huge screens, or too small entry-level smartphones, and less powerful with smaller screen sizes. The Xperia Ray slice nicely through this routine. This is a high-end smartphone that plays the card of compactness.
Now a quick word about the telephone functions to finish. The manufacturer has managed a small feat using a large 1500 mAh battery in the tiny body of the Xperia Ray. In fact, autonomy is really correct for a touchscreen smartphone with almost two days average use on battery time (multiple active email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, 30 minutes of conversation, some pictures, 2 hours of music playback). Unfortunately, this autonomy can melt like snow in the sun depending on the applications you install. The fault is not that of the manufacturer or Android, but the side of developers. Some applications and some poorly designed widgets tend to consume more energy than they should. Other than that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a highly recommended Android smartphone.