Sony adds Xperia sola to handset range


‘Floating touch navigation’ makes its debut, enabling users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen as a moving cursor

Sony Mobile Communications has expanded its collection of Android-powered smartphones with the addition of the ‘sola’.

It will be released globally in Q2 and be available in black, white and red.

The key feature of the Xperia sola is what Sony calls “floating touch navigation”, which debuts on the handset.

Consumers can navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving cursor, without having to touch the display. The can highlight a link and tap it to load the page.

Sony said floating touch will evolve trough software updates and engagement with developers.

The sola is also NFC enabled and will come with two NFC Xperia SmartTags in the box. When users touch an NFC Android smartphone on a SmartTag, a pre-configured profile launches on the smartphone.

The SmartTags can be personalised with up to 10 commands. One tag is ready for the living room and can turn on Wi-Fi and launch Google news or weather apps, and the other for the bedroom where it can turn on the alarm and switch to silent mode.

NFC pairing is supported, enabling consumers to share content between NFC-enabled smartphones by tapping the devices together.

The sola will initially run off Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available during the summer.

It will come with a 3.7 inch touchscreen with Mobile BRAVIA Engine for increased screen clarity, as well as xLOUD and 3D surround sound for improves audio quality.

Also included is a five megapixel camera and 8GB of internal memory, which can be increased by a further 32GB with a microSD card.

In addition consumers will have direct access to the Sony Entertainment Network, with pre-installed Video and Music Unlimited applications.