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Sony Xperia Sola with Floating Touch - UK Release Date and Price

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:09

Sony have saved the best until last! After lots of juicy unveiling's at Mobile World Congress, the only announcement we were anticipating from any major manufacturer that didn't happen in Barcelona was that of the elusive Samsung Galaxy S 3. What we didn't anticipate, however, was a further revelation from Sony, who, since parting ways with Ericsson, already have a neat set of Xperia phones lined up to keep their customers happy throughout 2012.

The latecomer joining Sony's impressive line-up that consists of Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia Ion, both announced at CES back in January, plus Sony Xperia P and Sony Xperia U, announced at MWC, is Sony Xperia Sola! If you've previously heard rumours of this Xperia addition, it may have been under its earlier moniker of 'Sony Xperia Pepper', and it's known as Xperia Sole in Italy and Xperia MT27i in China. There is one feature Sony Xperia Sola has that none of its siblings share, a gimmicky but nevertheless useful feature called 'floating touch' that will offer a new and improved mobile browsing experience that takes the touch out of touchscreen.

Sony Xperia Sola, NFC Android phone with Floating Touch.

Floating touch allows you to move a cursor over the screen when web surfing, without your finger connecting with the display. Useful when you wish to click on a particular link for example, which is usually a case of trial and error and much frustration. By simply hovering your finger above the link to highlight, you can then open the link by touching the screen as usual. It'll also prove useful for mobile viewers of Heavenly Android itself, who will then be able to hover over a glossary term and see its definition. Floating touch will help to take the 'miss' out of 'hit and miss'.

'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.' Calum MacDougall, Head of Xperia Marketing said.

Hover with finger for Floating Touch.

Sony Xperia Solas Specs

Following the trend of Sony Xperia phones, Xperia Solas is NFC enabled and will come with a pair of Sony Xperia SmartTags. A 1 GHz dual-core processor provides the power and a Li-Ion 1320 mAh battery gives you up to 6 hours of talktime or 40 hours music play. A 3.7 inch TFT LCD screen with 480 x 854 pixel resolution graces the front of Xperia Solas, on which you can watch movies via Sony's Entertainment Network enhanced with Sony Bravia Reality Display. On a disappointing note, there is no front facing snapper, only a rather meagre 5 MP rear camera, and Xperia Sola does not even ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). As with a few other tardy manufacturers, that like to leave a little stress for its consumers, Xperia Sola comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upon release, but an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised to follow shortly after.

Take a look at Sony's official YouTube video below:

Release Date and Price

Sony Xperia Solas global release date is expected to be around Q2 2 2012. As soon as we have firm dates we will let you know.


  Sony Xperia Sola
Weight 107 grams
Height 116 mm
Width 59 mm
Depth 9.9 mm
Display 3.7 inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, scratch resistant, floating touch display
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
CPU 1 GHz dual-core processor, NovaThor U8500 chipset
Platform Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgradeable to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Memory 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM (microSD up to 32 GB)
Camera 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera No
Video [email protected], continuous autofocus, video light
Connections GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, NFC, Bluetooth, microUSB
Battery Li-Ion 1320 mAh
Talktime Up to 6 hrs (2G) / Up to 5 hrs (3G)
Standby Up to 470 hrs (2G) / Up to 475 hrs (3G)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:15 )

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