Sony has finally released the Xperia Ray, an unlocked Android smartphone packing an 8.1-megapixel camera.
The Ray runs Gingerbread, weights 100g, and comes clad in a (hopefully sturdy) aluminum frame. It can be had in gold, black, white, or pink. With a screen measuring at 3.3-inches, it's noticeably smaller than its modern brethren, such as the Galaxy S II which sports a 4.5-inch screen. The phone comes with Sony's Android customizations, including Facebook Inside Xperia, something Sony dubs a "unique experience" for greater social interaction.
Going back to that impressive 8.1-megapixel camera, Sony says it sets a new standard for low-light images and video. Presumably, you should be able to use the ray for capturing indoor video, or even romantic dinners (only if whipping out a phone mid-dinner doesn't kill the mood). The Ray is no slouch when it comes to viewing media, either. Sony's "Reality Display" utilizes the image-processing technology known as the Mobile BRAVIA Engine to supossedly enhance image clarity and brilliance.
That said, there are a few blemishes. The phone is apparently a single-core affair, with a 1 GHz processor running the show. So while video and image display should work well, it isn't necessarily the top of the line when it comes to 3D performance and mobile gaming. If the Ray sounds like your next phone, you can grab one right now over at newegg.com for $425.