Jun 22nd, 2011

CommunicAsia 2011 is underway and Sony Ericsson was on hand to unveil a duo of new Android 2.3-powered smartphones for their Xperia lineup. The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Sony Ericsson Xperia active both feature 1GHz processors and compact designs, and continue to show the manufacturer’s dedication to providing “lifestyle” phones suited for nearly every type of person.

The Xperia ray is super slim at 9.4mm and weighs in at a meager 100g. It’s aluminum-framed design houses a 3.3-inch Reality display powered by the Bravia engine. The 8.1MP Exmor R camera sensor is capable of video capture at up to 720p HD resolution. It’s a phone aimed at those looking for something small, stylish, and powerful, and will be available in black, gold, white, or pink when it launches globally in Q3 of this year.

The Xperia active, as its name implies, is designed for those with active lifestyles. It sports a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP camera, and 3.0-inch Reality display powered by the Bravia engine. The phone is dust-proof and scratch and water-resistant. The latter is coupled with “wet finger tracking” technology, which allows the use of the touchscreen even when fingers are wet. ANT+ technology enables the use of pre-loaded app such as an on-screen heart rate and pulse monitor. The Xperia active will also be available in Q3.

SE also announced expanded Xperia Play availability, and two new audio accessories, LiveDock and LiveSound. LiveDock is what it says it is, an audio docking station for your Xperia phone. LiveSound is a bit more interesting — a tangle free set of earphones featuring a “LiveKey” for remote control of certain Android functions.

[via Sony Ericsson]