The Sony Xperia Sola introduces Floating Touch technology, which lets you hover your finger above the screen to navigate a web page
A Preview of the Sony Xperia Sola
The Sony Xperia Sola is the latest in Sony's own-brand line-up, and the first to feature the company's futuristic screen tech.
This technology, dubbed 'Floating Touch', enables you to navigate the handset's 3.7-inch screen without even touching it. No, this isn't some kind of witchcraft, it's simply an impressive piece of kit that lets consumers navigate the web, for example, by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving curser.
Leaked as the Xperia Pepper, the phone isn't just about fancy screen innovations. It's 3.7-inch Reality Display comes paired with a nippy 1GHz dual-core processor, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Not to worry, Sony has promised that an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will begin rolling-out to the Sola in summer 2012.
The Xperia Sola also features the NFC SmartTags that made their debut on the Xperia S. These tags let you set a profile for your phone which can be activated by hovering your phone over it. For example, out of the box one Sony SmartTag comes set for the bedroom, turning on your alarm and switching your phone into silent mode.
On the media-front, Sony's latest handset features a decent 5 megapixel camera on the back, complete with autofocus, flash, face-recognition, 2D and 3D panorama modes and 720p HD video functionality. There's also xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology onboard, access to Sony's Entertainment network and 8GB of included storage - expandable to 32GB via microSD.
The Sony Xperia Sola will see a UK release in Q2 2012, and will launch in three different flavours (black, red, white).
A full review will be published here once the phone has been released.
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Sony Xperia Sola Specifications
116mm x 59mm x 9.9mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 3.7 inches
Resolution: 480 x 854
Integrated NFC Chip
External: microSD up to 32GB
CPU: 1GHz Dual core
A-GPS with maps
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and Flash
720p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Battery Capacity: 1320 mAh
Talk Time: 360 minutes
Standby Time: 475 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WAV, eAAC+
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264