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