Sony today announced their next Android smartphone, the Xperia Sola, a 3.7-inch slab of sexy headed for international markets over the second quarter of this year. Formerly known by its code name of ‘Pepper‘, the Android 2.3 handset features a 1GHz dual-core processor, NFC, Sony Bravia engine, and Video and Music Unlimited service. If you’re turned off by the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s due in the summer months.
Speaking specifically about the screen, Sony calls the technology behind the Reality Display “floating touch”. What does it do? Oh, nothing really… other than it’s able to recognize when a finger is hover above! This will be helpful in web browsing as it allows one to use their finger in a cursor-like capacity. We can imagine that, once given to developers, that this could make for engaging games and applications.
Making its smartphone debut exclusively on Xperia sola, Sony’s unique floating touch lets consumers navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving cursor, without actually having to touch the screen. Once the desired link is found it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. Floating touch will evolve with new user functionality and applications through software updates and engagement with developers.
The guys over at AndroidNext.de were able to spend some time with the Xperia Sola and were too kind to share their impressions.
- Floating touch navigation for an easy web browsing experience
- NFC enabled and Xperia SmartTags in the box to enable quick app loading and easy content sharing
- 3.7” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
- Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor for super fast browsing
- xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology for crisp and loud listening
- Direct access to Sony Entertainment Network* with pre-installed Video and Music Unlimited** apps
- Launches on Android platform 2.3, upgrade to Android 4.0 during summer 2012