Harvey Norman has scored exclusive retailing rights for Sony’s latest Android smartphone, with the Xperia Sola now available from the retailer nationally.
The NFC-enabled handset launches with Sony’s “floating touch” technology for navigation without touching the screen. The user’s finger acts as a cursor, hovering over links to highlight. To load the chosen web page the user needs to tap the screen.
The technology is currently only available for web browsing but will extend to other applications when the handset is upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It currently runs on 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Xperia Sola comes with a 3.7in display, 512MB RAM and 8GB internal memory running on a 1GHz dual-core processor. It includes a 5MP camera on the back, but no front-facing camera for video calls.
The smartphone will be sold exclusively through Harvey Norman outlets for $486.