Sony has announced the latest iteration of the Xperia range, to be known as the Sola. The smartphone features a new technology dubbed ‘floating touch’, giving users the ability to navigate the web without actually touching the screen.
In line with the rest of the Xperia range, the Sola includes NFC connectivity, a 3.7-inch Reality display with mobile BRAVIA engine and a continuation of the Xperia design aesthetic. Additionally the device will be available in a range of colours, including black, white and red.
Running Android 2.3 out of the box (upgradable to ICS from summer 2012), the Sola will be powered by a 1GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor and will contain 8GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 32GB.
The Sola also looks to follow the Sony philosophy of building high-end cameras into their smartphones with a 5 megapixel rear facing unit in place on the device. Features of the camera include 16x digital zoom, auto-focus and face detection.
In addition to NFC, the usual connectivity options are available including DLNA, Wi-Fi, micro USB and Bluetooth. Music playback capability seems worthy of note on the handset with 3D surround sound, PlayNow and xLoud Experience all listed in the spec.
Global release for the Sola is expected to be in the second quarter of this year and price points remain undisclosed as of yet.