Sony’s Xperia Sola lets users browse web without touching screen

13 Mar 2012

The Sony Xperia Sola

Sony has revealed the Xperia Sola, an Android smartphone with ‘floating touch’ navigation to let user browse through the web without touching the screen.

The Xperia Sola’s floating touch technology allows users to navigate the web by hovering their finger just above the screen, which acts as a moving cursor. Users can tap the screen to select their desired link. According to Sony, this technology will be updated with new functionality and apps through software updates.

The phone is equipped with a 1GHz dual core processor and features a 3.7-inch Reality display with Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA engine. It will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but will upgrade to Android 4.0 this summer.

It includes xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology for audio playback. It’s also NFC-enabled and comes with two NFC Xperia Smart Tags.

These tags can be pre-configured with up to 10 commands so that when the phone is touched against a tag, a profile within the smartphone will launch. For example, a user can touch his or her phone against this tag within their bedroom to turn on an alarm and switch to silent mode.

The Sony Xperia Sola will be available globally in the second quarter of the year in black, white and red.