There’s a battery of filters that a new device must pass through in order to gain approval before it lands on store shelves, and it looks like the Sony Xperia Sola has passed one of the hardest barriers. Arguably, one of the most important approvals an unreleased device will receive is a nod from the FCC. In this case we have Sony’s Xperia Sola making its mystic journey into retail reality. Armed with a modest 3.7-inch 854 x 480 LCD display, a 1GHz dual-core processor and a heavy arsenal of antennas (Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, 802.11n and a quad-band GSM radio), the Xperia Sola will ship with Android 2.3. Now, before you start crying the Gingerbread blues, Sony has committed to updating the device to Ice Cream Sandwich sometime this summer. Hopefully we hear more about the device’s potential launch date in the coming months.