Sony Xperia Sola goes on sale for £179

The Sony Xperia Sola was announced at the beginning of March 2012 and this nice-looking mainstream smartphone is already available directly from Sony (in either black or white) for only £179.

We would have advised you to switch to the Sony Xperia U but deals for that particular smartphone have unfortunately expired.

The Sola is the follow-up to the Xperia U. Like the latter, it is powered by a dual-core ST-Ericsson Novathor U8500 system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz.

There’s also 512MB of RAM, a 3.7in display with a 854 x 480 resolution plus Reality Display technology with Mobile Bravia Engine, a hard-coated shatterproof sheet with scratch-resistant glass, 8GB onboard storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and HD video recording, Wi-Fi, USB, NFC (compatible with Sony’s Smart Tags), DLNA, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with ICS coming soon and a microSD card slot.

The Sola has a battery life of up to six hours in talk time and video playback and 40 hours when listening to music.

Weighing 107g and measuring 9.9mm, it is one of the smaller and lighter mainstream smartphones on the market.

The Sola will face some stiff competition from a number of rivals like the LG Optimus L7, the HTC Desire X, the Sony Xperia U as well as the Orange San Diego.