While other handset manufacturers are generally going for smartphones with large displays measuring 4-inches or more, Sony Ericsson seems to be focusing on handsets with smaller displays such as the 3.3-inch screen on the Xperia ray. The company has said that the Xperia ray is designed for the youth market, and specifically towards female users, which would help explain the compact form factor, lightweight and the smaller display; it was also designed for simple one-hand operation. The phone features a WVGA (854×480) resoltion touchscreen display with a layer of scratch-resistant glass. It gives an impression of a seamless black surface when powered off. It also uses the same Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine as the one found on the Xperia arc, for superb video and photo viewing quality.
On the left is a micro-USB connector for charging the battery and data transfer to your computer. Moving over to the right, we only spotted the volume controls for the phone, which also double as the camera zoom buttons. Unfortunately, due to its form factor, there is no way to squeeze in a physical camera shutter button. It also lacks an HDMI connector for video output to a an HDTV, unlike the Xperia arc and neo.
The power button and the 3.5mm audio jack are conveniently placed on the top of the Xperia ray. Flipping the phone over, we discovered the built-in 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. Sony Ericsson has incorporated Sony's Exmor R CMOS sensor that allows users to capture high quality images and videos, even under low-light conditions.
The phones rear cover is easy to remove, and here we found the battery compartment which holds the 1500mAh Lithium-ion battery ( which by the way is same capacity as the one used in Xperia arc, although the physica size is smaller), the SIM card and the microSD card slots. Our review unit came with supplied with a USB cable, power adapter, earphones and start-up guide, all in the compact standard retail box.