In addition to the Xperia ray, Sony Ericsson introduced yet another phone to its Xperia line up. This time it’s the Xperia active – an Android phone with a rugged design to match consumers’ active lifestyles. With a small form factor that is reminiscent of some old school feature phones from the company, it features a rugged-looking body that’s more than just about looks.
The compact smartphone has a 3″ Reality Display that is scratch resistant and supports wet finger tracking (yeah, we all know how annoying it can be to use a touchscreen when we have wet fingers) so the phone is still usable in your sweaty palms. It is also dust proof and water resistant, which makes it a great companion to bring along with you on your runs/hikes/trips to the gym.
It packs a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, a GPS, barometer, and compass. It also supports ANT+ wireless networking technology to let you monitor your heart rate and pulse on screen in real time. Heavy Facebook integration also lets you easily share your progress reports on your fitness with all your Facebook friends. The phone also comes with a free armband for you to keep it close to you during your workouts.
No word on pricing but expect the phone to go on sale globally (in select markets) in Q3 2011.