Sony Mobile Communications just announced the Xperia Sola, an Android 2.3 smartphone armed with a dual-core 1GHz processor and a new floating touch navigation feature.
New to the Xperia lineup in 2012 is the floating touch navigation feature, which essentially lets users control a cursor on the smartphone by hovering their finger above the screen. The said cursor will also be used to highlight links, which lets you know exactly where your finger will be tapping.
While we do understand the value of knowing whether you're clicking on the right link, you have to wonder if this will be useful for those with large fingers, on its modest 3.7-inch display.
Speaking of the display, you'll notice that it is slightly raised, most probably for the floating touch technology. Besides taking on a different naming convention from its Xperia siblings (which adopted the single-letter names), the Xperia Sola also has a different design concept. Based on what we saw in the video and product images, the Xperia Sola looks slightly more angular, and the transparent band is noticeably absent.
The Xperia Sola will be powered by a NovaThor U8500 dual-core 1GHz processor, and Sony's Mobile Bravia display will enhance its 3.7-inch FWVGA (480x854) display. Its multimedia features will be complemented with a 5-megapixel camera, on top of audio features such as xLOUD and 3D surround sound.
Similar to its earlier Xperia siblings, the Xperia Sola will come with NFC capabilities and two SmartTags to switch your phone's profile with a simple tap. Preloaded with Google Android 2.3, Sony stated that the Xperia Sola will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update within summer 2012.
The Sony Xperia Sola will be available in black, white and red from Q2 2012. Its price will be announced at a later date.