Sony has announced the Xperia Sola as the latest addition to the Xperia family of smartphones, the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U. The Xperia Sola will be available in black, red or white in the second quarter.

The Sola comes with a 3.7-inch (480 x 854) Reality Display with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine. The floating touch technology allows the user to navigate a web page without touching the screen.

Sony said it works by allowing a finger to be hovered above the screen which acts like a moving cursor. Floating touch will "evolve with new user functionality and applications through software updates and engagement with developers."

Calum MacDougall, head of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile said, "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."
The Sola will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sony has promised an upgrade to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “during summer 2012”. It will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5GB of internal storage.  

It also has a 5MP rear facing camera, xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology and near field communication (NFC) technology. Sony said customers will have access to the Sony Entertainment Network for content such as films and music.

Sony Xperia Sola

Sony has bundled the Xperia Sola with some NFC Xperia SmartTags. Each one can be customised with a different profile of settings. Simply touching one with the phone applied that SmartTag’s profile and settings.