Sony Ericsson has just introduced the Xperia Ray and Active, two high-end Android smartphones, including one that’s water-proof, as the company looks to turn the corner and make some inroads into the highly competitive smartphone market.

Sony Xperia Ray

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is being positioned as an upscale device with a very nice design and an aluminum chassis. It comes with a 3.3-inch touchscreen bearing 854 x 480-pixel resolution. As is to be expected, it will come with an excellent display, and Sony Ericsson has equipped it with the same Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine as is featured on the Sony Xperia Arc.

As with other Sony Ericsson phones, the Xperia Ray will, in all likelihood, offer excellent image capture via its 8.1 megapixel camera equipped with a Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor. Plus, it’s capable of 16x digital zoom, aperture f/2.4, face detection/recognition, smile detection, and 720p HD video capture. There’s also all of the usual connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a-GPS.

Sony Xperia Active

Water and smartphones don’t go well together. To help those with more “active” lifestyles, pun intended, Sony has produced the Xperia Active – one of the Android’s first, and certainly Sony Ericsson’s first, waterproof phone. Of course, it comes with all the usual treats you’ve come to expect as an Android phone fan, and will enable you to use its touchscreen with wet fingers, something that would normally not work. Wet fingers and all, be it from beer or swimming, the Xperia Active won’t flinch, and can even survive being submerged completely in water. Take that phone insurance companies!

Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Xperia Active is geared towards those with with active lifestyles. The phone itself is built to withstand both dust, water, and the occasional impact or two. This will, invariably, allow the owner to freely do what they want, without having to worry about exposing their device to the elements.

Sweaty hands? No problem. River rafting? Bring it along for the ride. Plus, it also features apps to monitor heart rate and pulse.

Also, the pricing and availability of the devices will be announced at a later date, but we’re thinking it will launch around the same time as the S1 and S2 tablets, towards the end of summer.

Are you enjoying this new “tough-tech” trend? Think consumers will bite?

Darcy LaCouvee
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