A trio of new smartphones from Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a trio of new smartphones, the Xperia ray, Xperia active and txt. The ray and active models both run on the latest Android platform (Gingerbread 2.3).

The Xperia ray has an aluminium frame, comes in four colours – gold, black, white and pink – sports a 3.3in touchscreen, 8.1MP camera and a Reality display with mobile Bravia engine.

It can record HD video at 720p, has a built-in Sony music player, stereo Bluetooth A2DP compatibility, Facebook and Twitter integration, wi-fi and DLNA.

As its name implies, the Xperia active is aimed at sporty types, so is dust- and water-resistant, has a 3in scratch-resistant multi-touch screen with wet finger tracking, and a 5MP camera with HD functionality. Wi-fi and DLNA are included.

It's also pre-loaded with sports apps that enable users to track their fitness levels.

Finally the Sony Ericsson txt is – yes, you guessed it – designed for ardent texters. It has a full Qwerty keyboard, a 'friends' app for Facebook and Twitter, wi-fi, 2.6in display and 3.2MP camera. It's available in white, black, pink and blue.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.