Sony Mobile Communications has announced its new Android-powered smartphone, the Xperia Sola as the latest addition to its portfolio of Xperia smartphones. The NFC-enabled Xperia Sola comes equipped with Xperia SmartTags, allowing consumers to change their smartphone’s settings and applications by simply hitting tags. Xperia Sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter of 2012. 

Along with the Sola making its smartphone debut exclusively, is Sony’s floating touch UI that 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.  According to the company, floating touch will evolve with better 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.

The 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. The out of the box tag is ready for the living room to turn on Wi-Fi and launch Google news and weather apps, and the other one for the bedroom, which turns on the alarm and switches to silent mode. The Xperia Sola supports NFC pairing, allowing consumers to connect with other NFC-enabled smartphones, applications and services by tapping their smartphones together. 

Now for the specs part, here’s what the Sola comes with: 

  • 3.7-inch Reality display with a 854 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 1GHz dual core processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgrade to ICS in Summer 2012)
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS support, NFC
  • Bluetooth with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 720p video recording
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Memory expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card
  • 3.5 mm handsfree socket
  • 1320 mAh Lithium – ion battery

Pricing and availability for the Indian sub-region hasn’t been disclosed as of now, but what do you think should the Sola be priced at? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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