Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

Vs Tony Crammond 17:49, 29 Jun 2011

We pit the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc up against the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray — but who will be overall victor?

Sony Ericsson's newly announced Xperia Ray has been generating plenty of positive buzz in the run up to its autumn release, and with its impressive spec sheet it looks like it could be a device worth keeping an eye on. But how does the Ray stack up against its premium sibling the Xperia Arc?

Display

When looking at the Ray and the Arc you'll notice that there isn't a lot to divide the devices in terms of display tech. Both feature LED-backlit LCD displays and operate at a resolution of 480 x 854 and are boosted by Sony's impressive BRAVIA mobile technology.

The only discernible difference between the devices is size. The Ray offers a 3.3-inch screen, while the Arc has a 4.2-inch.

So fans of more pocketable devices would be best served looking at the Ray, while those of you that subscribe to the 'bigger is better' mantra would likely be happier with the Arc.

Winner – Draw

Power

The Xperia Arc is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, which consists of a single-core CPU clocked at 1GHz and the dedicated Adreno 205 GPU. The device also features 512MB RAM, which provides a welcome speed boost.

The Xperia Ray runs on the same chipset as the Arc, making it fast enough for the majority of users, but Sony Ericsson has neglected to outfit the device with a healthy dose of installed RAM, so don't expect sparks to fly when you're shifting in and out of apps and multi-tasking.

Winner – Xperia Arc

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