Sony Unveils Xperia Sola With Magic Touch Capabilities

Sony has announced its first mobile handset after mobile world congress, called the Xperia Sola; the device comes with a unique floating touch navigation system that allows consumers to use their browsers by hovering their finger above the display without having to touch the display.

Compared to the existing Xperia P, S, U, the Sola - which was formerly known as the MT27i Pepper - comes is both lighter and thinner at 107g and 9.9mm while boosting a bigger screen (854 by 480, 3.7-inch scratch resistant display) compared to the Xperia U, making it a potential successor to the Xperia Neo.

Like its other siblings, its screen is powered by Reality Display technology with Mobile Bravia and incorporates NFC technology with Xperia SmartTags that allows physical tokens (smarttags) to change the profile on your smartphone by a simple swipe.

The rest of the configuration includes a dual core ST-Ericsson Novathor U8500 SoC clocked at 1GHz, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a five megapixel camera with AF, a 16x zoom and LED flash, HD video recording, 3D sweep panorama, xLoud audio filter technology, USB, DLNA, WiFi and up to six hours battery life thanks to a 1320mAh battery.

The phone will be available globally in black, white and red by the end of the second quarter. Pricing has yet to be announced but we expect it to sell for less than £300.