Sony Announces the Xperia Sola

Since the acquisition of Ericsson, Sony has been busy working hard to make its presence felt in the rapidly growing mobile market. It has recently introduced a range of its monosyllabic Xperia smartphones. The company has already introduced several models in Xperia range at CES and MWC. We have already seen Xperia S, Xperia U and Xperia P coming out of the Sony’s camp. All the three models received a great appreciation in terms of build, feel and overall aesthetic zeal. The company has yet another surprise for us now regarding its Xperia line of smartphones.

Sony unveiled its fresh Sony Xperia Sola, which is expected to be a forward-thinking phone. Sony in its new smartphone introduces a fun technology such as NFC-enabled Xperia SmartTags, 3.7-inch Reality Display with a Sony Mobile Bravia Engine, 3D surround sound audio tech as well as access to the new Sony Entertainment Network. The most striking thing about this new handset device is its entire “floating touch” feature.

The ‘floating touch’ technology will enable users to hover their finger above the device’s screen and it will “act like a moving sensor” with no need to touch or swap the screen. This means you just need to move your finger over the screen without touching it to navigate through different options. With the floating touch, you can also highlight and tap links to load the page. This is certainly something new to mobile arena and we can’t actually predict the potential of this until the device is out for sale.

The latest Xperia model will be available in two finishes – white and black. The device is expected to make debut in the second quarter of 2012. The device will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, the company says that an update to ICS will be available by summer. The company has not yet revealed any anything about its price.

The newest Xperia will come in white, red and black color flavors in Q2, and while it’ll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Sony says it should see ICS by summer. We have no word yet on pricing.

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