Sony Xperia sola

AKA: Sony Pepper, Sony MT27i
8/10 AVG.
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The Sony Xperia sola strives to give you a feature-rich experience to set itself apart from the crowd of midrange droids. - GSMArena team, GSMArena  
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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 5 reviews

Most mid-tier Android smartphones don’t have any real distinguishing characteristics. As a result, the market may look like it’s filled with endless copies of the exact same handset wearing a slightly different outfit. This is fortunately not the case with the Sony Xperia sola, which apart from carrying standard mid-range Android features, also boasts one curious bit of display wizardry: floating touch technology. It enables users to manipulate elements on the touchscreen display without even touching the screen itself. It’s either the future or a lousy gimmick. Either way, it’s nice.

The sola is equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. Its spec sheet says it has 8GB of internal storage space but in reality only 5GB of it is available for use. There is however a microSD slot that takes cards up to 32GB. The sola also has several other noteworthy hardware features which include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, stereo speakers, HSUPA data, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, NFC, and microUSB connectivity. It also offers up to 5 hours of talk time in 3G and about 40 hours of non-stop music playback.

It’s clear that the sola has a well-rounded smartphone feature-set. The thing is, most reviews indicate that it might have been a better overall performer if the default operating system had been Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Gingerbread. With that said, it’s still not a bad choice if what you’re after is getting bang for your buck.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia sola

1. Equipped with speedy dual-core processor. (The Good)

2. Boasts a unique new feature called floating touch technology. (The Good)

3. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the default OS instead of a later version of Android. (The Bad)

4. Comes with a limited amount of on-board RAM and internal storage space. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
3.7"

The Sony Xperia sola's screen is 3.7 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1320mAh

The phone is powered by a 1320 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are: 19.5 days standby time, 360 minutes talk time.

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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 5 reviews

Most mid-tier Android smartphones don’t have any real distinguishing characteristics. As a result, the market may look like it’s filled with endless copies of the exact same handset wearing a slightly different outfit. This is fortunately not the case with the Sony Xperia sola, which apart from carrying standard mid-range Android features, also boasts one curious bit of display wizardry: floating touch technology. It enables users to manipulate elements on the touchscreen display without even touching the screen itself. It’s either the future or a lousy gimmick. Either way, it’s nice.

The sola is equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. Its spec sheet says it has 8GB of internal storage space but in reality only 5GB of it is available for use. There is however a microSD slot that takes cards up to 32GB. The sola also has several other noteworthy hardware features which include a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, stereo speakers, HSUPA data, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, NFC, and microUSB connectivity. It also offers up to 5 hours of talk time in 3G and about 40 hours of non-stop music playback.

It’s clear that the sola has a well-rounded smartphone feature-set. The thing is, most reviews indicate that it might have been a better overall performer if the default operating system had been Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Gingerbread. With that said, it’s still not a bad choice if what you’re after is getting bang for your buck.

Need to Know: Sony Xperia sola

1. Equipped with speedy dual-core processor. (The Good)

2. Boasts a unique new feature called floating touch technology. (The Good)

3. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the default OS instead of a later version of Android. (The Bad)

4. Comes with a limited amount of on-board RAM and internal storage space. (The Bad)

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Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

Solid build and decent performance

from NDTV (over 2 years ago)

Sony had some nice mid-rangers last year and Xperia sola isn't different. The Japanese manufacturer has continued to impress us with a stable and value for money Xperia sola. However, it is important to point out that absence of ICS and front camera surely goes against the smartphone. An Xperia sola... More

  7/10

The Xperia sola has a competitive set of features for its price range and the Floating Touch technology adds a measure of exclusivity

from GSMArena (over 2 years ago)

Even in the face of capable competition, the Xperia sola comes across as a solid effort. Its Floating Touch screen might not be the game changer Sony makes it out to be and it lacks the sophistication of its NXT brothers, but the boxy handset isn't without charms of its own. We liked the look and feel... More

A solid smartphone with a good array of features, beyond the basics

from Cnet (over 2 years ago)

Sony's Xperia Sola is a respectable mid-tier phone, with a good smattering of features and decent performance. Some that will argue that its 3.7-inch screen is too small for various smartphone tasks and the colour banding issues we've encountered may be a deal-breaker for others. Both impact on multimedia... More

  8/10

Attractive design, responsive UI, and a floating touch

from Mobile88 (over 2 years ago)

The Xperia Sola does not offer high-end specs, however you sure can look forward to its floating technology. What we can say is that the Xperia Sola is still not at its best. Nonetheless, you can consider it pretty good value for money.

Smooth performance, pretty interface, average photo quality

from PhoneArena (over 2 years ago)

After putting it through its paces, we can conclude that the Sony Xperia sola is a well-made Android smartphone. If you are looking for a decent mid-range offering that gets you a good amount of bang for the buck, do not hesitate to check it out! We would definitely recommend it over smartphones like... More

  8/10

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