Newest Sony smartphone announced – Xperia sola, bringing magical floating touch technology [video]

Today marks the debut of the Xperia™ sola, the newest addition to the 2012 line up of Sony Xperia™ smartphones. Xperia™ sola introduces a cool new feature never before seen in any smartphone – floating touch™ technology, which lets you (among other things) browse through your favourite links without even touching the screen. Read more about Xperia™ sola’s floating touch feature, plus the full phone specs, after the jump.

Signature feature – floating touch technology

Xperia™ sola is the first ever smartphone to use the floating touch™ technology, which allows you to interact with the phone without actually touching the screen. The capacitive touch screen in Xperia™ sola enables the device to register your finger up to 20mm above the screen, opening up for completely new ways of interaction. This feature is built-in web browser of Xperia™ sola, to use it you can simply move your finger over browser links to highlight them. For the link you want, touch it to open. There are also live wallpapers that reacts with floating touch™ input, to give Xperia™ sola an almost magic feeling. Look out for our upcoming blog post about floating touch™, which will explain the technology and the possibilities it brings for developers.

Xperia™ sola

Xperia™ sola.

Core specifications

Xperia™ sola houses a 1 GHz dual core ST-Ericsson NovaThor™ U8500 processor to deliver superior performance. The U8500 uses SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) dual core technology with a high-end 3D graphics accelerator, which enables a full web-browsing experience. For more information about the U8500 platform, check out ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor U8500 product page. Xperia™ sola also has an ARM Mali 400 GPU that is OpenGL ES 2.0 conformant and provides 2D and 3D acceleration with performance scalable up to 1080p resolutions. To learn about OpenGL ES, read our previous blog post on 3D for Android.

The new Xperia™ sola also comes with a 5MP camera, 8GB of internal phone storage, and a microSD™ card slot. It will be launched on Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform and will be upgraded to Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

Connect with NFC using Xperia™ SmartTags

Xperia™ sola with Xperia™ SmartTags

Xperia™ sola with Xperia™ SmartTags.

Xperia™ sola has support for NFC, allowing you to share content with our other NFC-enabled smartphones (Xperia S, Xperia ion and Xperia P), and enjoy an increasing number of NFC applications and services. You can even use it with one of the included Xperia SmartTags, which are SmartExtras accessories that can launch a number of pre-configured profiles in the phone. For more information on how to develop apps with NFC technology and Xperia™ SmartTags, see our recent NFC blog post.

Additional connectivity for Xperia™ sola includes HSPA Cat10, Bluetooth™, Native USB tethering, and USB High speed 2.0 support. DLNA technology also enables a single swipe of the display to view and share content between TV, tablet and PC. You easily connect with Xperia™ sola by simply plugging it into the HDMI port of your TV to enjoy it on a big screen.

Compact, complete entertainment experience

Xperia™ sola provides vivid viewing experience on a 3.7”” mineral glass and scratch-resistant, LCD display, and is powered by the Mobile BRAVIA engine for colour management, noise reduction, sharpness filtering, and contrast management for close to real image reproduction. You’ll get great sound with xLOUD™ to enhance loudness and maximise sound without breaking.

Xperia™ sola users can also take advantage of the Sony Entertainment Network* to access all types of premium content. You can watch movies from Video Unlimited, listen to songs, personal playlists and radio stations from Music Unlimited.

Availability and colours

Xperia™ sola will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year. The available colours are black, white and red.

Xperia™ sola at a glance

Highlighted features:

  • 1 GHz STE U8500 Dual Core Processor.
  • ARM® Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU extensions.
  • Networks: Quad EDGE/GSM/GPRS 850, 900, 1800, 1900; W-CDMA Band I, II, V and VIII.
  • Support for floating touch™ technology.
  • Launched with Google™ Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgraded to Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.
  • 8 GB (up to 5 GB user-accessible memory) internal phone storage.
  • 512 MB RAM.
  • microSD™ card, up to 32 GB.
  • 5 MP Camera resolution.
  • 16x digital zoom.
  • 720p HD video recording.
  • Supports NFC.
  • Includes 3D surround sound.
  • Includes Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine.
  • Supports Bluetooth™.
  • DLNA Certified®.
  • Support GPS.

Installed apps & services:

  • PlayNow™ service*.
  • TrackID™ music recognition*.
  • Facebook inside Xperia™.
  • Sony Entertainment Network*.
  • Sony channel in Play Shop*.

* This service is not available in all markets.

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    • By Joe Padre

      #2

      Hi Chester,
      The on/off setting for Floating touch is in the web browser. Also, Floating Touch only works in the web browser.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

  1. By Jasvir Yadav

    #3

    When will we get Icecream Sandwich (Android 4.0) for Xperia Sola ???

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    No secondary camera. SONY, like Sony Ericsson, is repeating the mistakes again. It feels pity. SONY will surely lose many customers this time as well.

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    Finally with a bigger internal phone storage,with the gorgeous design and other features like floating touch,this one will help Sony stand out of regular Android vendors.Looking forward to the rise of Sony Mobile.

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