Sony Xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola available now in Hong Kong

Desperate to try out some touch-free web browsing on your phone? Then grab a plane ticket, buddy - you're headed for Hong Kong. Taiwanese online retailer ePrice reports seeing the Xperia Sola in the city, priced at just under $3,000 HKD. That's the equivalent of $387 US, not that it matters: at this point Sony has only confirmed the phone for Hong Kong and greater China.

Sony Xperia sola officially announced with camera gestures and NFC tags

That "Pepper" handset we saw yesterday didn't stay obscure for very long. Sony has just announced the Xperia sola (keeping its maddening trend of strange capitalization going strong) for launch in the second quarter of 2012 in Europe. Other territories will follow, presumably including Japan and (eventually) the US. The Sola fits in between the Xperia U and Xperia P announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, adding in premium features including camera gestures and NFC tags.