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May 13, 2012

Sony Xperia Sola in the flesh, first impressions

Launched in the Philippines around the 3rd week of April along with the Xperia S, P and U, the Sony Xperia Sola deviated from the line-up and introduced some nifty features we’ve only seen on this smartphone.

The “Floating Touch” feature on the Xperia Sola allows you to hover your finger on the screen when using the browser (also acts as a cursor when you hover over links on a web page).

We’ve tried this feature and it works but really could not figure the importance or practical use until we discovered it will still work even if you’re using gloves or touching the screen with cloth.

Short of calling it magic, Sony promises to expand this feature to other apps in the future.

Since the Sola came with built-in NFC, there were NFC tags included in the box that allows you to customized commands when you touch it with the handset.

The handset design and construction closely resembles the Xperia S, P, U line-up but with some minor design changes.

It’s noticeably thinner with a more boxy figure and less curved back panel. The semi-translucent border at the bottom is gone.

The display panel is raised a few millimeters above the body leaving a small depressed surface at the bottom end.

The normal Gingerbread soft bottoms are situated at the bottom of the black bezel.

There’s also a dedicated camera button on the side, along with the volume rocker and the micro-USB port along the right side.

The hardware configuration of the Sola is pretty close to the Xperia U.

Sony Xperia Sola specs:
3.7-inch display @ 480×854 pixels, 265 ppi
NovaThor U8500 1.0GHz dual-core
512MB RAM
8GB internal storage (5GB usable)
up to 32GB via microSD card
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA< WIFI hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR
NFC
5MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash
720p video recording
FM radio tuner
GPS with aGPS support
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1320mAH Li-Ion battery
116 x 59 x 9.9mm
107 grams

What is sorely missing is the front-facing camera and though it’s now on Gingerbread, Sony promises an ICS update later this year.

The Xperia Sola has a suggested retail price of Php16,990 but the unit we got from Widget City was selling for just Php15,800 (see here).

Watch out for our full review of the Sony Xperia Sola in a week or two.

Sony Xperia Sola Review

11 Responses to “Sony Xperia Sola in the flesh, first impressions”

  1. seraphica
    Twitter: seraphica_seven
    says:

    ,i also want this but.. I might buy the ray after two weeks..

  2. Noir says:

    Noticed that this is the only Sony Phone with a SD Card Slot….

    Kindly check the battery Life on the unit since it has a Dual COre on a 1320 Battery which I consider to be small

  3. E says:

    Sony kelangan niyo na mag isip ng magandang design… lalong pumanget.

    • Lover. says:

      LoL then what do you call the design of Samsung S3? Sobrang sobrang panget?

      I think sony has the best phone designs. Esp their new lineup.

    • E says:

      @Lover – I agree, di rin maganda design ng samsung lalo na ang S2 but I can say na nag improve ng kahit kapiranggot and design ng S3 kesa sa S2… For Sony, I like their SE Xperia design pero itong Sony Xeperia pumanget. Mas ok design ng HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 800 and 900…

  4. steelicon
    Twitter: steelicon
    says:

    Sony Mobile Xperia ION LT28i.

  5. el toro bumingo
    Twitter: eltorobumingo
    says:

    I hope I could get a Sony Experia soon.

  6. Bip says:

    Not interested at all.

  7. Greg
    Twitter: Gregory
    says:

    Beautiful design! Reminds me of the monolithic design of their Bravia LCD tv. Art purists would certainly appreciate this clean industrial look. Downside is the 512mb memory. ICS is optimized for 1gb memory so the performance might be affected when you upgrade.

  8. Monj says:

    Safe ba bumili ng gadget sa widgetcity? Nabiktima na kasi ako minsan sa sulit eh.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Paano yung battery nito if namatay? Paano siya papalitan? :O

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