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Sony Mobile Introduces the Xperia sola Android Smartphone with NFC
      #42348 - 03/13/12 03:34 PM

Sony Mobile Communications today announced Xperia sola Android powered Xperia smartphones with dual core CPU, NFC and "floating touch" navigation for web browsing. Xperia sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter. Here is more info:

Introducing "floating touch" navigation

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.

NFC 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.

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.

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 specifications:


Size: 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 107 grams
1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor
Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

2D and 3D Sweep Panorama
5 megapixel camera
16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Flash/Photo flash
HD video recording (720p)
Red-eye reduction
Send to web
Smile detection
Video light
Video recording

3D surround sound
Album art
Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear stereo
Music Player
PlayNow service
TrackID music recognition
xLoud Experience

Google play
floating touch
Google search
Google Voice Search
Google Maps for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude
NeoReader barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit)

2 speakerphones
Call list
Conference calls
Facebook application
Facebook inside Xperia
Google Talk application
Noise suppression
Twitter (with Timescape integration)
Xperia Timescape

Google Mail(TM)Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)

Auto rotation
Gesture input
Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
Live Wallpaper
Picture wallpaper
Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen

3D Album
Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
Media browser
Motion gaming
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network
Video streaming

Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Document readers
Setup guide

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
Bluetooth wireless technology
DLNA Certified
Micro USB support
Media Go
Media Transfer Protocol support
Native USB tethering
PC Companion
Synchronisation via Microsoft(R) Exchange ActiveSync
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB Host
Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation


3.7" Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
854 x 480 pixels
16,000,000 colour TFT
Scratch-resistant glass

8 GB internal storage (up to 5 GB user-accessible memory)
microSD memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB)

Quad EDGE/GSM/GPRS 850, 900, 1800
W-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


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