Earlier this year, Sony Mobile Communications unveiled the unique Sony Xperia Sola smartphone. It is the company’s first device to feature the unique “Floating Touch” technology. This technology allows the users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen, without actually touching the screen. Once the link is found, it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page.
This handset was already up for pre-order at major online retailers from the last couple of weeks. Today, Sony Mobile Communications officially launched this amazing handset in India. This device runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, Sony will roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update shortly after launch. Sony has also partnered with Tata Docomo to offer free 3G data usage as well as exclusive games for the Xperia Sola owners.
Mr Sunil Tandon, Head of Non-Voice Services, Tata Teleservices Limited, said:
“At Tata Docomo, we have always strived to take the mobility experience to newer levels and add new dimensions to our range of handsets, since they are an important element of our ecosystem. Partnering with Sony Mobile will enable us to provide customers with a compelling proposition—that of accessing free data services (up to 3GB) on Tata Docomo platform, making for a new and invigorating mobility experience on Xperia Sola.”
Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Floating Touch, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Google Play, NeoReader barcode scanner, A-GPS, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Micro USB support, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia Sola comes with a price-tag of Rs.20,449 (approx. $370) in India. Tata Docomo 3G pre-pay customers will get 3 GB of free data for three months, while the post-pay 3G customers will be get 1 GB data per month for three months. On the other hand, Tata Docomo 2G pre-pay customers will get 3 GB free data usage for 90 days and 300 minutes of local Tata to Tata calling, while Tata Docomo 2G postpay customers will get 1 GB free data usage per month for the next three months, along with 100 minutes of local Tata to Tata calling per month for three months.