Sony launches Xperia sola
Cape Town - Sony Mobile Communications has launched the Xperia sola.
Formerly Sony Ericsson, the company has dispensed with the "Ericsson" after the buyout by Sony announced in October 2011.
The smartphone sports Near Field Communication and Xperia SmartTags which enable multi-platform communication with other devices.
A new feature that Sony has touted on the smartphone is the "Floating touch" web navigation where users can browse the internet on the high-definition 9.3cm screen without actually touching it.
The company expects that developers will add further functionality with this feature with apps.
"Floating touch will evolve with new user functionality and applications through software updates and engagement with developers," Sony said.
The new touch screen smartphone continues to build on the Xperia premium brand and is powered by Google's Android operating system.
It has a 1Ghz dual core processor and "3D surround sound audio technology", according to the company.
The smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera which is a bit dated in terms of high-spec devices in this fast moving industry, but it supports geo tagging and incorporates the Bravia engine in the rest of the Xperia range.
The device is built around the Sony Entertainment Network and when the phone is launched in South Africa, the possibility exists that content from the network may become available as well.
Prices are unclear and it is expected that the smartphone will be launched in SA in June 2012.