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Sony Xperia sola announced, intros “floating touch” tech

FINALLY! A new Xperia from Sony that’s not named after a letter!

But yeah, it still pretty much looks the same as Sony’s three prior Xperia phones – the Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia U – sans the transparent bar near its bottom.

Sony Xperia sola is its name, and though it may look like the weakest link in Sony’s 2012 Xperia line-up, don’t be fooled, this one’s got a neat trick up its sleeves its previously announced siblings don’t. Its got “floating touch.

Floating touch is Sony’s new innovation to help make browsing web pages easier. By just hovering your finger over the touchscreen, the Xperia sola will recognize it as a cursor allowing you to navigate through a web page, eliminating those accidentally taps on embedded links. Hence, the floating touch name. Neat, right?

Now, as far as the rest of its specs go, it’s decent. Above average at best, but definitely not outstanding. A 1GHz dual-core powers this baby with a 3.7-inch Bravia-souped up Reality display on the front for your fingers to play around on; a 720p video recording-capable 5-megapuixel AF cam at the back for photos and videos; NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi for wireless fun, and Gingerbread as its OS, upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

On the upside, though, this is the slimmest Xperia handset right now. Measuring a mere 9.9mm, the Xperia sola is, without question, one sexy smartphone.

Here’s the promo vid of the Xperia sola to get you excited:

Scheduled to begin shipping in Q2, we’ll have more on this once we get more info (i.e. pricing, local availability) on this bad boy.

In the meantime, you can read the full press release here.

Allan David

Allan David

Online, Allan’s got you covered as far as news (and some reviews every now and then) goes. Offline, you’ll see him either sweating it out in the badminton courts or dining out in one of the new restos around town. His favorite noodles: cold soba.

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