News about Sony smartphones appear to be coming in a tad too often now, almost on a daily basis. The last we heard about a Sony smartphone was by the way of a leaked image showing the ST26i snapped in the wild. The most noteworthy part about this news is that it featured the first handset from the brand to have come minus the green logo. Now, the latest from Sony smartphones is that the Xperia Sola is up for pre-order on online gadget retailer, Flipkart and will be sold at a price of INR19,999. For those of you who are not in the know, back in March, Sony officially announced the Android powered smartphone as an addition to their Xperia range. The Sony Xperia Sola is NFC-enabled and boasts of a feature known as Xperia SmartTags, which allows users to change their smartphone’s settings and applications by simply hitting tags. This NFC-enabled smartphone comes packed with two NFC Xperia SmartTags in the box, to simplify the user’s everyday smartphone experiences.


Up for pre-order

At the time of the announcement, Sony’s Calum MacDougall, said “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.

Here is a quick look at the highlighted features of the Sony Xperia Sola:

  • 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

Only the red and black colour options are listed for this smartphone, as of now. As for the availability of this smartphone, Flipkart lists the estimated release date as the fourth week of May. Let us know your reactions about the pricing of the Xperia Sola in the comments section below.

Thanks to Francis Araujo for the tip.

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