Sony announces Xperia Sola (codenamed Sole in Italy and MT27i in China)


Known until today as Sony Xperia MT27i or by its codename Pepper this device was rumored to make a debut at MWC 2012 in Barcelona alongside its older brothers Xperia S, P and U, but it never did.

However Sony today officially announced a new Xperia Android smartphone called Sola a trademark name that you might remember since early February when Sony filed a trademark for this name.

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7-inch scratch resistant Reality (854×480 pixels) display with Mobile BRAVIA engine for a razor-sharp clarity. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500 processor (there were doubts about this chipset if it will sport it or not anyways looks like its on-board), 8 GB internal storage expandable for up to 32GB via a microSD card slot, comes with Sony’s xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology, direct access to Sony Entertainment Network via a couple of pre-installed Video and Music Unlimited apps and runs on Android 2.3 platform which is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during this summer.

Additionally Xperia Sola has a 5MP main camera on the back with 16x digital zoom, capable of 720p HD video recording and 2D and 3D Sweep Panorama, is NFC-enabled and  a 1320 mAh battery.

Key features for Xperia sola

  • Floating touch navigation for an easy web browsing experience
  • NFC enabled and Xperia SmartTags in the box to enable quick app loading and easy content sharing
  • 3.7” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
  • Powered by a 1GHz Dual Core Processor for super fast browsing
  • xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology for crisp and loud listening
  • Direct access to Sony Entertainment Network* with pre-installed Video and Music Unlimited** apps
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3, upgrade to Android 4.0 during summer 2012

* Xperia sola will be bought into the Italian market under the name “Sony Xperia™ sole” and in China P.R. under the name “Sony Xperia™ MT27i

Here’s what comes with the phone in the box:

  • Xperia™ sola, embedded battery, 2 SmartTags, stereo headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation.

According to an earlier leaked document in India, Xperia Sola (Pepper) will be available somewhere in April for a price of 308 Euro. Below you can find the whole press release.