Sony Xperia Sola

The Sony Xperia Sola introduces Floating Touch technology, which lets you hover your finger above the screen to navigate a web page

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A Preview of the Sony Xperia Sola

14th March 2012

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

Size

116mm x 59mm x 9.9mm

Weight

107 grams

Display

Full capacitive touch screen

Type: TFT LCD

Floating touch

Size: 3.7 inches

Resolution: 480 x 854

Input

Keyboard: On-screen

Operating System

Android 2.3

NFC

Integrated NFC Chip


Storage

Storage

Internal: 8GB

External: microSD up to 32GB

Miscellaneous

CPU: 1GHz Dual core

A-GPS with maps

Internet

Internet

Data Protocols

3G, HSDPA

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Connectivity

Connectivity

Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack

Data: Standard microUSB

Quad Band

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Connectivity

A2DP for wireless stereo headsets

Camera

Camera

5.0 megapixel camera

Auto Focus and Flash

720p Video Recording

At 30 fps

Face Detection

Social

Social

Social Networking Features

Twitter and Facebook Widgets

Email Access

Power

Power

Battery Capacity: 1320 mAh

Talk Time: 360 minutes

Standby Time: 475 hours

Multimedia

Multimedia

Radio: FM with RDS

Audio supported formats

Playback: MP3, WAV, eAAC+

Recording: Supported

Video supported formats

Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264

Recording: Supported



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