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Sony intros Xperia Sola with no-need-to-touch screen

Cursor controlled with floating fingers

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Sony today introduced an Android smartphone, the Xperia Sola, that you can can control without touching.

The latest Sony handset features a "floating touch" navigation system, which detects hovering fingers as a cursor on the display and lets users surf the web without physically touching the screen. Until you need to click something, of course.

Fast forward 40 seconds or so into the following vid to see it in action:

The Xperia Sola features a 1GHz dual-core processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. An Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich update is promised for the the summer.

The Sola has a Bravia-branded 3.7in display, as well as a 5Mp camera with quick snap abilities, taking shots from standby in just over a second. Memory wise, there's 8GB of internal storage but if you need more, there is a microSD slot, expanding memory up to 32GB.

Sony Xperia Sola

As with its bigger sibling the Xperia S, the Sola sports NFC capabilities and comes with a bunch of data tags to trigger profile settings and set up file sharing.

The Sony Xperia Sola will launch in black, white and red versions in Q2 2012. Prices have yet to be set. ®

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