Sony Xperia sola Smartphones | US$tba | www.sonymobile.com
swiping and touching on our mobile devices have become part of our daily routine but how do you like it if you do not actually need to come into contact with the screen until you are ready to tap? if that sounds cool to you, then perhaps the Sony Xperia sola Smartphone is the phone of choice for you. sporting features like a dual-core 1GHz processor, 3.7-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology, a 5.0-megapixels autofocus main camera with 2D and 3D sweep panorama capability, HD 720p video recording, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, DLNA certified, AGPS (plus a host of other sensors), NFC enabled and a host of other features that are probably going make you yawn. however, what makes the sola rocks is its touchscreen – yes, it is not your regular touchscreen cos’ it requires no physical contact until you are ready to make the click. dubbed as the ‘floating touch navigation’, this technology allows you to navigate the web by just hovering your finger above the screen, thus making your touchscreen experience akin to that of using a mouse with cursor. once you found the link you fancy, it will be highlighted and all you have to do is to tap the screen to load the page. the floating touch navigation is available exclusively to Xperia sola for now. powered by Android 2.3 at launch but upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime this summer. as always, price is probably going to be telco dependent. still unsure about what Floating touch is? catch it in action in the video after the break.