Sony Ericsson took to the stage during CommunicAsia in Singapore this week to unveil its second-half line-up for 2011, featuring two new Xperia-branded phones and a feature phone with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Leading the charge in Q3 will be the Xperia Ray, a phone featuring much of the same hardware we saw earlier this year in the Xperia Arc, but this time in a smaller package.
For Sony Ericsson, the Ray is a design-driven model. With a 3.3-inch Reality display, someone could get the smartphone benefits of the Arc without the size of it, if that's what they prefer. It does have some nice design elements too, like the uniquely designed Home key and its metal trim.
While the Ray is extremely familiar to us, the Xperia Active is a different kettle of fish altogether. Wrapped in sealed stiff plastic, the Active is Sony Ericsson's first water- and dust-resistant smartphone.
Because it assumes you will be taking the Active with you while you are moving and sweating, Sony Ericsson includes a bunch of accessories to keep this phone attached to you. You can see an exceptionally sturdy lanyard in this picture, but there is also an arm band holder included with the handset.
While some phone shoppers want the very best in screens, processors and apps, others want one key feature only: a QWERTY keyboard. The new Sony Ericsson Txt is a feature phone (meaning no app store) that's ready to test your texting speeds.
Alongside the handset announcements, Sony Ericsson also showed off its latest accessories. This is a docking station with Sony Ericsson's LiveDock capabilities, allowing you to predefine which app is launched on your phone whenever it is docked in this device.
This is the LiveDock settings screen on the Xperia Active. With LiveDock you can customise your phone's response to a range of accessories, including headphones and the dock we showed in the previous slide.