It has been a busy old year for Sony Ericsson. As it struggles to regain a foothold on the market it was once sucha major participant in, it's been firing out more Android-based Xperia smartphones than long-lost relatives with an episode of Jeremy Kyle. And they are not half bad either.
The Xperia Arc may be the flagship of 2011's bunch. Arriving within the spring, it became the skinny poster girl for that Swedish-Japanese hybrid, showing off its amazing screen presence by using the Sony Reality Display (the bit that reproduces colour about the screen and makes it look great) however in the Xperia Ray, Sony Ericsson went for a smaller model.
Before we go any more, there is one point we need to make clear: this phone is little. And thin. Think smaller and thinner than you anticipate, then shave a bit more away your dimensions. That's what you obtain.
The Xperia Arc (we're likely to be making lot of comparisons towards the Arc in this review) is 125 x 63mm having a depth of 8. 7mm. The Ray slices the majority of that off and comes in in a remarkable 111 x 53mm. It is actually slightly fatter, by less than the millimetre, clocking in at 9. 4mm heavy.