Sony Mobile has quietly introduced a new smartphone – Xperia Sola , under its Xperia NXT series with ‘Floating Touch’ navigation feature.
The Sony Mobile Xperia Sola has been previously reported as the Xperia MT27i Pepper. The Xperia Sola has 3.7-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine with scratch resistant glass. Promising sharper images and text, the Reality Display supports 480×854 pixel resolution natively. Under the 9.9 mm slim mono-block like candybar form factor, the Xperia Sola houses a dual-core 1 GHz ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 mobile processor and 512 MB memory.
With the new floating touch technology, users can simply hover their fingers over the screen to browse the web without touching the screen. Sony plans to push this functionality to other apps through future software updates and engagements with developers.
By default, the Xperia Sola will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich whenever the company plans to release it. The Xperia Sola will come with two NFC Smart Tags bundled as the phone integrates NFC chip. The two Smart Tags bundled can be configured to perform up to ten different commands. Users need to touch the NFC enabled Xperia Sola to the Smart Tag and the respective pre-configured profile will load up.
Sony Mobile has added xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology for crisper and louder experience. These improvements promise better sound output for music as well as videos. By default, the phone comes with 8 GB onboard storage out of which only 5 GB is accessible to the user.
Besides, this smartphone has DLNA support, WiFi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and USB Host functionality. The Xperia sola has 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and autofocus but has no front facing camera. The rear camera is capable of recording 720p HD video and also clicks panoramic images in 3D Sweep Panorama feature.
Sony Xperia Sola offers 6 hours of talk time and will be available in Red, Black and White body colors. Pricing of this handset has not been announced as yet.