Following its Mobile World Congress line-up, Sony Mobile Communications today announced another Xperia Android smartphone - the Sony Xperia sola. Featuring Android 2.3 and powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, the sola supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC. The Xperia sola boasts razor sharp clarity with its 3.7" Reality Display powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine while xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology delivering crisp and loud sound. The Xperia sola also comes with fast capture to take the 5 megapixel 720p HD camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.
Making its smartphone debut exclusively on Xperia sola, Sony's unique floating touch 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. Floating touch will evolve with new user functionality and applications through software updates and engagement with developers.
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. Out of the box one 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. Xperia sola supports NFC pairing, allowing consumers to enjoy great connectivity with other NFC smartphones, applications and services by tapping their smartphones together.
The Xperia sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter. According to Sony, it will initially launches on Android 2.3 but the upgrade to Android 4.0 is expected during summer 2012. Prices weren't announced today.
Cheers ~ Arne