Sony's Middleman At the latter half of 2012, Sony had brought some unexpected news when it decided to acquire the Sony Ericson brand as a whole and change its name into simply Sony. Many fans have expected significant changes from the series that are more than just a change of name. The first step that Sony made to the series was the reinvention of the Xperia series, which retained the name. The flagship of the Series, Xperia S, was already released in the market and was warmly accepted by the fans. However, the flagship alone does not make the whole army. The success, also precariously lies on the mid and lower tiers. After all, these phones are the ones available for the major part of the target population. Thus, it would serve us well to look just how good Sony's mid-end phone is. The Sony Xperia Sola.
-Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), potentially upgradable to v4.0 -Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9; NovaThor U8500; Mali-400; 512 MB RAM -3.7 inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels, 265 ppi pixel density, multi-touch up to 4 fingers, Sony Bravia Engine -5 MP camera, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization -Li-Ion 1320 mAh battery; Up to 470 h (2G) / Up to 475 h (3G) standby time; Up to 6 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)
Hardware Sony Xperia Sola is indeed a reinvention. One can tell just by looking at the hardware. The phone's seeming dual layer composed of the display panel and the base panel is a first in the Sony design. And instead of the glowing strip that was present in the previous Sony NXT phones, the Xperia Sola features a thin, horizontal LED beneath the display panel.
Display With 256 pixel per inch pixel density, the Sony Xperia Sola's screen is unusually sharp for a mid end phone. With only 40 pixels short of the retina display and with the Bravia engine processing the image displayed on the LED backlit screen, the phone's display is nothing short of impressive. It also features a very wide viewing angle that exceeds that of the higher end phones recently in the Sony Ericson partnership
Performance Powered by a dual core NovaThor U8500 with 1 GHz speed processor combined with a 512 MB RAM, you will perhaps be unable to find a mid-end smartphone that packs more power that the Sony Xperia Sola. And when it comes to synthetic benchmarks, the Xperia Sola can perform ahead of the pack in some benchmarks but do not do well on the others. Yet, it can handle all apps thrown to it without breaking any sweat.
Affordability Being a mid-end smart phone, the phone is more affordable than the Sony Flagship Xperia S. However, it still is pretty expensive when bought clean. The best option is to buy it from a network carrier. Nevertheless, you will still need to cash out some serious dough. In this case, the proper wireless promotion is your best friend.