Announced right after this year's Mobile World Congress, the new Sony Xperia sola is Sony Mobile's first smartphone which comes with the company's new Floating Touch display technology (read more about it here), which allows to navigate the web by hovering the thumb above the screen without touching the screen. At the moment, the sola comes with Android 2.3 only (an upgrade to Android 4.0 is expected anytime soon) and it's powered by a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core CPU. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS and NFC.
It features a 3.7" touchscreen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which sports Sony's own Reality Display technology and is powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Furthermore it comes with Sony's xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology. The sola's 5 megapixel autofocus camera, which has a supporting flash LED and allows to record 720p HD videos, supports fast capture which means it only takes little over 1 second from sleep to snap with a single key press. However, there's no second front-facing camera available for video telephony or chat.
The phone comes with 8 GB of flash memory and 512 MB of RAM and the memory can be expanded with microSD memory cards, up to 32 GB. The sola measures 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm and weights, including the non-removable 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery, 107 grams.
The aluminum-looking body and battery cover is made of plastic and available in either black, white or red. The official retail price was announced with 349 Euro.
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