Sony Xperia sola announced
Yes, Sony seems to have been rejuvenated after their split from the Sony Ericsson partnership, and during the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, we saw them introduce a trio of new Xperia smartphones that run off the Android operating system. Having said that, there is yet another smartphone available for grabs this time around in the form of the Sony Xperia sola. Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is a solar-powered phone, although I am quite sure that the name might just fool some people into thinking it is so.
It will be the latest addition to Sony’s portfolio of Android powered Xperia smartphones, where it comes complete with Sony technology, in addition to offering premium entertainment as well as an innovative floating touch navigation. Even better is the fact that the Xperia sola will keep up with the times, since it is also NFC enabled. The Xperia sola will feature Xperia SmartTags support, letting you alter your smartphone’s settings as well as applications to fit your lifestyle in a jiffy without having to go through button presses.
Just how does Sony’s unique floating touch system work? For starters, your finger can just hover above the display, allowing it to function like a moving cursor without having to actually touch the display itself. Once it finds the desired link, it can be highlighted using a simple tap, where the page will load afterwards. This will definitely pave the way for new user functionality as well as applications via software updates and engagement with developers.
Each purchase of the Xperia sola will come with a couple of NFC Xperia SmartTags right in the box as standard, in order to simplify consumers’ everyday smartphone experiences. All you need to do is touch an NFC Android smartphone on a SmartTag, and a pre-configured profile in the smartphone will launch. The two SmartTags that come with the Xperia sola can be personalized with up to 10 commands.
Other hardware specifications include a 3.7″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine, xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology, a 1GHz dual-core processor, a fast capture camera, and access to Sony Entertainment Network. I am rather surprised to hear that the Xperia sola will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although it is comforting to hear that an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is coming your way when summer 2012 rolls around.