Sony Ericsson has announced three new handsets at the CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore including a tough phone designed for outdoor living and one designed specifically for texting.
The first phone announced is the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray (right) which features a 3.3in scratch-resistant, Reality Display touchscreen with the Mobile Bravia engine and a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) the phone boasts a 1GHz Qualcomm chipset and an 8.1 megapixel camera featuring a Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor. The phone is only 9.4mm thick, weighs only 100g and comes in either black, gold, white and pink. While it looks slightly like the Xperia Arc, the ray is certainly a less-premium model but does have one feature lacking in the Arc – a front-facing camera. The Xperia ray will be available globally at some stage in Q3 this year.
Next up is the rugged Xperia active which, as the name suggests, is designed to be used outdoors and during sports. The Xperia active is dust proof, water resistant and features a scratch-resistant, 3in display with wet-finger tracking so you can use it immediately after getting out of the sea (or the bath). The Xperia active also runs Android 2.3, has the same 1GHz processor and has a 5 megapixel camera with HD video functionality. The phone also 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 real time (enabled by ANT wireless networking technology), while the iMapMyFitness app can monitor day-to-day performance. Users will get a wrist strap and arm case for the phone to keep it safe during exercising with a loop at the bottom of the phone to keep it secure. The Xperia active is also available globally in Q3.
Finally the company unveiled the Sony Ericsson txt, which looks a lot like the Nokia C3 and is launched in the same month as the rather different looking txt pro. The txt is a feature phone with a 2.6in landscape screen above a full QWERTY keyboard. The phone is focused on sending text messages with a dedicated physical text button included in the layout. The phone also features a “friends” application that enables users to see Facebook and Twitter updates at a glance from their top five friends. The phone comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera which will allow video recording. It will be available in Q3 this year in black, pink, blue and white.
Source: Sony Ericsson