Xperia Sola Android Smartphone Announced by Sony Mobile

by Matthew on March 13, 2012

Sony Mobile has announced a new smartphone called the Xperia Sola. When launched in Italy (soon), the device will come loaded up with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Good news is that Sony Mobile has promised that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be arriving in the summer.

We hear from Pocket Gamer that the device uses a chipset from ST Ericsson, previously combined under the Sony Ericsson brand. Ericsson has continued on with building chipsets for devices.

Although it’s a shame that Sony Mobile opted to use Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch (considering the OS is over a year old), Sony Mobile has come up with something rather unique in that it uses a brand-new feature called floating touch. What this technology allows you to do is hover your finger over the screen at which point a mouse pointer follows your finger. You can then tap down on the screen to select an item. Sony Mobile expects that developers will find a unique way of integrating this in to games controls etc…

Looking at the hardware, it measures 9.9mm thin and has a 3.7 inch screen with a resolution of 480×854 pixels. A 5 megapixel camera can be found on the back as well as an LED flash. The device has a 1,320mAh battery.

Other features include NFC (near field communications) which is becoming a standard on all Sony Mobile smartphones this year. Tags will be used with NFC allowing you to configure your phone to do something when a tag is tapped. That could be as simple as putting a tag next to your bed and when going to bed, having the phone set the alarm automatically.

The device launches soon in Italy with no specific date at the moment.

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