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Xperia sola From Sony - the Smartphone With a Sense of Magic

LONDON, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Introducing "floating touch" navigation for magic web browsing without touching the screen
  • Easily open apps and launch actions in an instant with NFC and Xperia SmartTags
  • Reality Display with Mobile Bravia engine and fast capture camera boosted by a powerful dual-core processor

Sony Mobile Communications today announced Xperia™ sola* as the latest addition to its portfolio of Android powered Xperia smartphones.  Complete with Sony technology, premium entertainment and innovative floating touch™ navigation, the NFC enabled Xperia sola comes equipped with Xperia SmartTags, allowing consumers to change their smartphone's settings and applications to fit their lifestyle in an instant. Xperia sola will be available to consumers globally in black, white and red in the second quarter.  

A floating touch of magic

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 curser, 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.

Calum MacDougall, Head of Xperia Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications, commented; "Xperia sola comes with the power of Sony and a sense of magic with floating touch, giving consumers a fun new way to browse the web and latest technology to show off. With Xperia SmartTags out of the box and access to the latest content through Sony Entertainment Network, Xperia sola is perfect for consumers looking for ease of use and the best in entertainment in a smart and innovative smartphone."

Simplify the everyday with SmartTags

Xperia sola is NFC enabled and comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags in the box as standard to simplify consumers' everyday smartphone experiences. By touching an NFC Android smartphone on a SmartTag, a pre-configured profile in the smartphone will launch. The two SmartTags included with Xperia sola can be personalized with up to 10 commands. Out of the box one is ready for the living room to turn on Wi-Fi™ and launch Google™ news and weather apps, and the other one for the bedroom, which turns on the alarm and switches to silent mode. Xperia sola supports NFC pairing, allowing consumers to enjoy great connectivity with other NFC smartphones, applications and services by tapping their smartphones together.  

Powerful entertainment anytime, anywhere

Xperia sola boasts razor sharp clarity with Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, xLOUD™ and 3D surround sound audio technology delivering crisp and loud sound, and a 1GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.  Xperia sola also comes with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.  

Consumers can also access premium entertainment experiences with Sony Entertainment Network**, where they can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions of songs*** through Music Unlimited.  

Key features for Xperia sola

  • 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

* Xperia sola will be bought into the Italian market under the name "Sony Xperia™ sole" and in China P.R. under the name "Sony Xperia™ MT27i"

**Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availabilityby region, please seehttp://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com  for more details.

***The number of available songs varies by region.

    Xperia sola
    specifications          All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be
                            available in every market.

    Colours                 Black

    Facts                   Size: 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm 
                            Weight: 107 grams
                            1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor
                            Google Android(TM) 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable
                            to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

    Camera                  2D and 3D Sweep Panorama(TM) 
                            5 megapixel camera
                            16x digital zoom
                            Auto focus
                            Face detection
                            Flash/Photo flash
                            HD video recording (720p)
                            Red-eye reduction
                            Send to web
                            Smile detection
                            Video light
                            Video recording

    Music                   3D surround sound 
                            Album art
                            Bluetooth(TM) stereo (A2DP)
                            Clear bass
                            Clear stereo
                            Music Player
                            PlayNow(TM) service
                            TrackID(TM) music recognition
                            xLoud(TM) Experience

    Internet                Google play(TM) 
                            floating touch(TM)
                            Google(TM) search
                            Google Voice(TM) Search
                            Google Maps(TM) for Mobile with
                            Street view and Latitude(TM)
                            NeoReader(TM) barcode scanner
                            Pan & zoom
                            Web browser (WebKit(TM))

    Communication           2 speakerphones
                            Call list
                            Conference calls
                            Facebook(TM) application
                            Facebook inside Xperia(TM)
                            Google Talk(TM) application
                            Noise suppression
                            Twitter(TM) (with Timescape(TM) integration)
                            Xperia(TM) Timescape(TM)

    Messaging               Conversations
                            Google Mail(TM)
                            Instant messaging
                            Multimedia messaging (MMS)
                            Predictive text input
                            Sound recorder
                            Text messaging (SMS)

    Design                  Auto rotation
                            Gesture input
                            Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
                            Live Wallpaper
                            Picture wallpaper
                            Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA(R) Engine
                            Screenshot capturing
                            Touch screen

    Entertainment           3D Album
                            Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
                            Media browser
                            Motion gaming
                            Radio (FM radio with RDS)
                            Sony Entertainment Network
                            Video streaming

    Organiser               Airplane mode
                            Alarm clock
                            Document readers
                            Setup guide

    Connectivity            3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA) 
                            Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology
                            DLNA Certified(R)
                            Micro USB support
                            Media Go(TM)
                            Media Transfer Protocol support
                            Native USB tethering
                            PC Companion
                            Synchronisation via Microsoft(R) Exchange
                            USB High speed 2.0 support
                            USB Host
                            Wi-Fi(R) Hotspot functionality
                            Wisepilot(TM) turn-by-turn navigation
                            All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be
                            available in every market.
                            3.7" Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA(R) Engine
    Display                 854 x 480 pixels
                            16,000,000 colour TFT
                            Scratch-resistant glass

    Memory                  8 GB internal storage (up to 5 GB user-accessible
                            microSD(TM) memory card slot (supporting up to

    Networks                Quad EDGE/GSM/GPRS 850, 900, 1800
                            W-CDMA Band I, II, V and VIII

    Battery life            Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs*
                            Standby time GSM: Up to 470 hrs*
                            Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs*
                            Standby time UMTS: Up to 475 hrs*
                            Music listening time: Up to 40 hrs
                            Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs
                            Battery: 1320 mAh (built-in) typical, 1265 mAh
                            *Values are according to GSM Association Battery
                            Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance
                            may vary depending on network conditions and
                            configurations, and phone usage.

    In the kit              Xperia(TM) sola, embedded battery, 2 SmartTags,
                            stereo headset, charger, micro USB cable for
                            charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and
                            user documentation.

"Sony" and "Sony Entertainment Network" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony's world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: http://www.sonymobile.com


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