Sony unveils ‘touchless’ Xperia Sola handset

Sony unveils ‘touchless’ Xperia Sola handset

Sony has taken the wraps off its upcoming smartphone – the Xperia Sola – which features a 'touchless' display.

It builds on the success of the Xperia S and comes with a 3.7-inch TFT (854×480) Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

The device makes use of what Sony has described as 'floating touch' technology. This allows users to browse the internet using their finger like a hovering mouse cursor.

When a desired link has been found it can then be selected and loaded through a simple tap.

Launching in the second quarter of 2012, the device will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with an upgrade to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich planned in the summer.

NFC (near field communication) technology is also included in the handset, with Sony throwing in a couple of Smart Tags which can then be programmed with various settings.

Among the other stand-out features of the device are its 1GHz dual-core processor and 5GB of internal memory, which can be boosted through the microSD card slot.