Sony Xperia Sola smartphone announced; will bring a 3.7″ display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and “floating touch navigation”

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Sony has officially announced the latest Xperia branded smartphone, the Xperia Sola. The handset is expected to be available during the second quarter of the year, however at this point in time Sony has yet to reveal all of the markets the handset would be available in. But on that note, it was stated that the Xperia Sola would sell in Italy as the “Sony Xperia sole” and in China as the “Sony Xperia MT27i.”

Otherwise, the Xperia Sola will have hardware specs to include a 3.7 inch Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine, dual-core 1GHz STE U8500 processor, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 1320 mAh battery, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, 16x digital zoom and 720p HD video recording.

The handset will be available in black, red and white and will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. And for those who are refusing to buy anything other than Ice Cream Sandwich at this point, take note in that the handset will be upgraded to Android 4.0 sometime during the summer.

And lastly, the Sony Xperia Sola is bringing a feature called “floating touch navigation” which breaks down as follows;

“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.”

Via [Sony Mobile]

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