Japanese phone giant NTT Docomo has announced the launch of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Ray smartphone, available later this month.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread device was originally announced at CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore. Powered by a 1GHz CPU, it has an aluminum body that's only 2 inches wide. It weighs 3.5 ounces.
It has a 3.3-inch, 854x480-pixel display as well as an 8.1-megapixel camera with a Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor, as well as face-detection, 16x digital zoom, and autofocus features.
Other features include xLOUD sound technology for enhanced audio quality, and POBox Touch 4.3, a predictive text-input system that facilitates typing in English as well as Japanese.
Available in pink, white, and gold, the Xperia Ray hits Docomo shops in Japan on August 27, with orders accepted from August 12.