Sony Xperia sola Announced

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Sony Mobile Communications announced a new  Android Phone called Sony Xperia sola, a 3.7 inch device with a “floating touch” display, where user can use gestures to do things like browse the web without touching the display. The new feature allows users to navigate with fingers a few millimetres above the touchscreen.

According to Sony, floating touch display UI will be improved with the addition of new user functionality and applications through software updates and engagement with developers.

Sony Xperia sola is powered by NovaThor U8500 chipset with a dual-core 1GHz processor,512MB of RAM,8GB of built-in storage and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich promised this Summer.

The Sola has a 3.7-inch 854×480 pixel Reality Display screen with mobile BRAVIA technology and scratch-resistant glass,as well as 3D surround sound, access to the Sony Entertainment Network and pre-installed Video and Music Unlimited apps.

The device also has a 5 megapixel HD rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording and and 2D/3D sweep panorama stills. Sony claims that the device can go from sleep mode to snap in less than a second.

The Xperia sola also has NFC connectivity features and NFC SmartTags tech, the device will be available with two pre-loaded Smart Tags. Tags can be customized with up to 10 commands to be executed when you press your smartphone against them.

The 9.9mm-thick Sony Xperia Sola weighs 107 grams, and will be available in black, white and red colours.There’s also WiFi, Bluetooth, aGPS, DLNA and USB tethering support, along with an FM radio with RDS and a 3.5mm headphone socket.

Battery life is up to 6hrs talktime or 475hrs standby, or alternatively up to 40hrs music playback or 6hrs video playback.

Sony Xperia sola specifications:

  • 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’
  • 5-mega pixels rear camera with auto focus
  • xLoud and 3D surround sound
  • 3.7 inch Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 1320 mAh battery
  • Color options: Black, White, & Red


Read on for full press details.
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The power of Sony and a sense of magic

13 March, London, United Kingdom

Sony Mobile Communications today announced Xperia™ sola* as the latest addition to its portfolio of Android powered Xperia smartphones. Complete with Sony technology, premium entertainment and innovative floating touchTM navigation, the NFC enabled Xperia sola comes equipped with Xperia SmartTags, allowing consumers to change their smartphone’s settings and applications to fit their lifestyle in an instant. Xperia sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter.

A floating touch of magic

Making its smartphone debut exclusively on Xperia sola, Sony’s unique floating touch lets consumers navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving curser, without actually having to touch the screen. Once the desired link is found it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. Floating touch will evolve with new user functionality and applications through software updates and engagement with developers.

Calum MacDougall, Head of Xperia Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications, commented; “Xperia sola comes with the power of Sony and a sense of magic with floating touch, giving consumers a fun new way to browse the web and latest technology to show off. With Xperia SmartTags out of the box and access to the latest content through Sony Entertainment Network, Xperia sola is perfect for consumers looking for ease of use and the best in entertainment in a smart and innovative smartphone.”

Simplify the everyday with SmartTags

Xperia sola is NFC enabled and comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags in the box as standard to simplify consumers’ everyday smartphone experiences. By touching an NFC Android smartphone on a SmartTag, a pre-configured profile in the smartphone will launch. The two SmartTags included with Xperia sola can be personalized with up to 10 commands. Out of the box they are ready for the living room to turn on Wi-Fi™ and launches Google™ news and weather apps, or for the bedroom, which turns on the alarm and switches to silent mode. Xperia sola supports NFC pairing, allowing consumers to enjoy great connectivity with other NFC smartphones, applications and services by tapping their smartphones together.

Powerful entertainment anytime, anywhere

Xperia sola boasts razor sharp clarity with Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, xLOUD™ and 3D surround sound audio technology delivering crisp and loud sound, and a 1GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance. Xperia sola also comes with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.

Consumers can also access premium entertainment experiences with Sony Entertainment Network**, where they can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions of songs*** through Music Unlimited.