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Sony Xperia Sola vs Xperia P – Battle of the Mid-Range

2012 could be the year of Sony, in the smartphone arena anyway. The Japanese manufacturer is stepping up its efforts with the release of a number of new phones.

After bumper showings at CES in January and MWC last month, Sony has unveiled yet another device for us to be getting on with.

The Xperia Sola was launched earlier this week, and is set for release in the second quarter of the year. It is phone sitting firmly in the mid-level of the market, so how does it compare to Sony’s other mid-range device, the Xperia P?

Sony Xperia Sola

We’ve known the specs (or had a fairly good idea at least) of this device for a while now, as leaked details of it started doing the rounds under the working title Xperia Pepper.

Luckily, Sony ditched that silly name in favour of the Sola. So what do we know about it? Featuring a 1GHz processor and a decent 5GB of internal storage, the Sola can certainly hold its own.

It also has a 5MP camera with 720p video recording, as well as NFC – allowing Sony’s Smart Tags to be featured. If the specs don’t tempt you, the cool Smart Tag features certainly should.

But that’s not all; we also get a first look at Sony’s Floating Touch technology on the Xperia Sola. This allows you to browse the web by hovering your finger over the screen, rather than actually touch it. OK, so it sounds a little pointless, but we still want to try it.

Sony Xperia P

The Xperia P is Sony’s other mid-level offering, slotting in between the Xperia S and Xperia U. With a dual-core 1GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM, the Xperia P is very decent for its (expected) low-ish price tag.

We also have an 8MP camera with 1080p video, and a qHD touchscreen with ‘White Magic’ technology to make it visible in any light.

There’s no floating touchscreen technology here, but do you really need it? The Xperia P looks like winning the specs war, but hold off on your decision until you see the yet-to-be-announced prices.