UPDATE: Sony Mobile announce new Xperia Sola with ‘Floating Touch’
Hot on the heels of their newly announced smartphones at MWC last month, Sony Mobile have just announced a new addition to their Xperia NXT range.The Xperia sola smartphone introduces ‘floating touch’ navigation for magic web browsing without touching the screen. The NFC enabled smartphone also comes equipped with Xperia SmartTags, allowing users to change their smartphone settings and application in an instant. It will be available in Ireland in Q2 2012.
Here is the press release for the phone and a video to show you exactly what they mean by ‘Floating Touch’. I have no idea how this is actually done but it looks pretty impressive don’t you think?
UPDATE: Sony Mobile are holding a competition on their Facebook page for a chance to win an Xperia Sola, just follow this link to enter.
Xperia sola from Sony – the smartphone with a sense of magic
- Introducing “floating touch” navigation for magic web browsing without touching the screen
- Easily open apps and launch actions in an instant with NFC and Xperia SmartTags
- Reality Display with Mobile Bravia engine and fast capture camera boosted by a powerful dual-core processor
14 March, Dublin, Ireland – Sony Mobile Communications today announced Xperia™ sola* as the latest addition to its portfolio of Android powered Xperia smartphones. Complete with Sony technology, premium entertainment and innovative floating touchTM navigation, the NFC enabled Xperia sola comes equipped with Xperia SmartTags, allowing consumers to change their smartphone’s settings and applications to fit their lifestyle in an instant. Xperia sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter.
A floating touch of magic
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.
Calum MacDougall, Head of Xperia Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications, commented; “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. With Xperia SmartTags out of the box and access to the latest content through Sony Entertainment Network, Xperia sola is perfect for consumers looking for ease of use and the best in entertainment in a smart and innovative smartphone.”
Simplify the everyday with SmartTags
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.
Powerful entertainment anytime, anywhere
Xperia sola boasts razor sharp clarity with Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, xLOUD™ and 3D surround sound audio technology delivering crisp and loud sound, and a 1GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance. Xperia sola also comes with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.
Consumers can also access premium entertainment experiences with Sony Entertainment Network**, where they can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions of songs*** through Music Unlimited.
Key features for Xperia sola
- · Floating touch navigation for an easy web browsing experience
- · NFC enabled and Xperia SmartTags in the box to enable quick app loading and easy content sharing
- · 3.7” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
- · Powered by a 1GHz Dual Core Processor for super fast browsing
- · xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology for crisp and loud listening
- · Direct access to Sony Entertainment Network* with pre-installed Video and Music Unlimited** apps
- · Launches on Android platform 2.3, upgrade to Android 4.0 during summer 2012
* Xperia sola will be bought into the Italian market under the name “Sony Xperia™ sole” and in China P.R. under the name “Sony Xperia™ MT27i”
**Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.
*** The number of available songs varies by region.
|Xperia sola specifications||All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.|
|Facts||Size: 116 x 59 x 9.9 mmWeight: 107 grams1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processorGoogle Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Camera||2D and 3D Sweep Panorama™5 megapixel camera16x digital zoomAuto focus
HD video recording (720p)
Send to web
|Music||3D surround soundAlbum artBluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)Clear bass
TrackID™ music recognition
|Internet||Google play™Bookmarksfloating touch™Google™ search
Google Voice™ Search
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™)
|Communication||2 speakerphonesCall listConference callsFacebook™ application
Facebook inside Xperia™
Google Talk™ application
Twitter™ (with Timescape™ integration)
|Messaging||ConversationsEmailGoogle Mail™Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
|Design||Auto rotationGesture inputKeyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)Live Wallpaper
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
|3D AlbumAccelerated Adobe Flash VideoMedia browserMotion gaming
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network
|Organiser||Airplane modeAlarm clockCalculatorCalendar
|Connectivity||3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)aGPSBluetooth™ wireless technologyDLNA Certified®
Micro USB support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Native USB tethering
Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation
All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.
|Display||3.7” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine854 x 480 pixels16,000,000 colour TFTScratch-resistant glass|
|Memory||8 GB internal storage (up to 5 GB user-accessible memory)microSD™ memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB)|
|Networks||Quad EDGE/GSM/GPRS 850, 900, 1800W-CDMA Band I, II, V and VIII|
|Battery life||Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs*Standby time GSM: Up to 470 hrs*Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs*
Standby time UMTS: Up to 475 hrs*
Music listening time: Up to 40 hrs
Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs
Battery: 1320 mAh (built-in) typical, 1265 mAh minimum
*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
|In the kit||Xperia™ sola, embedded battery, 2 SmartTags, stereo headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.|