Sony Ericsson Xperia ray Shines on U.S. with Unlocked Bootloader, Built-in Support for Ice Cream Sandwich

October 3, 2011
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Sony Ericsson’s latest installment to its Xperia series of Android smartphones–the Xperia ray–has finally reached the U.S. carrying quad-band support for American mobile carriers. It’s got some love for Canada’s mobile networks, too.

You may get your Sony Ericsson Xperia ray from New Egg (www.newegg.com), for a retail price of US$380, which is actually several bucks lower than the suggested retail price of about US$450.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray’s telecommunications hardware components are compatible with AT&T’s network, as well as T-Mobile’s. They also work with Fido, Bell, Rogers, and TELUS–all of which support quad-band GSM. The handset’s 3G charm, however, works only with AT&T’s 3G bands.

One noteworthy thing about the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray is its unlocked bootloader, which lets you update and customize the phone’s software. Sony Ericsson has promised to ship Xperia handsets with unlocked bootloaders, and the Xperia ray apparently is one fulfillment of that promise.

It is also on the CyanogenMod (through FreeXperia) team’s list of Sony Ericsson devices soon to be provided with custom CyanogenMod ROMs.

Sony Ericsson has also announced that Xperia handsets released this year all come with built-in support for Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Although the company didn’t pledge providing ICS upgrades for the Xperia handsets, the fact that the Xperia ray has an unlocked bootloader and built-in support for ICS will only make the device easier to feed with ICS.

The phone features an 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R sensor, giving you crisper 720p video playback and enhanced photos even under the poorest of lighting conditions.

Also packed under the hood is Android 2.3 Gingerbread, along with a 1.0-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor and an Adreno 205 graphics processing unit.

The device sports a 3.3-inch scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen (854×480 resolution and featuring Sony Mobile Bravia Engine reality display), 1 GB of internal storage, 512 MB of RAM, and a battery capacity of 1,500mAh that offers 36 hours of continuous music play.

You can choose from a variety of classy colors for its chassis, too: gold, black, white, and pink.

Have you got some love for this lovely Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson? What Xperia handset do you use, and how does it compare to the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray?

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