Sony has unveiled the latest addition to its Android powered smartphone lineup today with the new Xperia sola. The handset boasts a “floating touch” user interface for “magic web browsing,” a dual-core NovaThor processor, NFC technology, and lots more.
The floating touch user interface makes its debut exclusively on the Xperia sola, and allows users to navigate the web without actually touching the handset’s display. Instead, you simply hover your finger above the screen “so it acts like a moving cursor.”
Like LG’s new Optimus LTE Tag, the Xperia sola uses NFC technology along with SmartTags that allow you to modify your smartphone’s settings instantly simply by swiping a tag:
The two SmartTags included with Xperia sola can be personalized with up to 10 commands. Out of the box one is ready for the living room to turn on Wi-Fi™ and launch Google™ news and weather apps, and the other one for the bedroom, which turns on the alarm and switches to silent mode.
The Xperia sola also features a 1GHz dual-core NovaThor processor and a 3.7-inch Reality display that includes Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine to provide “razor sharp clarity.” That’s accompanied by xCLOUD technology and 3D surround sound for superior sound quality, a 5-megapixel camera, and 8GB of internal storage.
One thing the Xperia sola doesn’t offer, however, is Ice Cream Sandwich. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but Sony says it will get the 4.0 update this summer.
I commend Sony for trying something unique with the Xperia sola, but I’m not sure I really see the point of the floating touch UI. I mean, if it requires you to hover your finger over the display, why not just lower it an inch or two and make contact, as you would normally?
The company does promise, however, that the feature will evolve with new functionality through future software updates. So maybe it will all become clear later.
The device will be available globally in black, white, and red during the second quarter of 2012.
What do you think of the Sony Xperia sola?
[via The Verge]