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AT&T getting the Sony Xperia ion in June?

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AT&T getting the Sony Xperia ion in June?
The Sony Xperia ion is coming to AT&T in June if we are to believe an advertisement that pops up on Google services. The Xperia ion was announced back at CES in January with a release date set for the second quarter of 2012.

The handset stands out with its distinct design, typical for the 2012 Xperia family, and it packs a large 4.6-inch HD screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1 gig of RAM and an impressive 12-megapixel camera. The bad news is that it’s expected to run on the now dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and only later get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully, this shouldn’t take too long as Sony has already started rolling out ICS to its other devices.

So far, other details like the Xperia ion price are still unknown, but it won’t be too long until they come out if the launch is indeed next month.


Thanks, tfou79!

AT&T getting the Sony Xperia ion in June?

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posted on 08 May 2012, 02:51 2

1. tigermcm (Posts: 669; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


im not a fandroid but it sounds pathetic to release a new phone on a dated OS regardless if it will be updated post launch

posted on 08 May 2012, 02:58 6

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Some people will get this for the Camera alone :p But I prefer the smaller sibling, Xperia S

posted on 08 May 2012, 10:51

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6129; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That is why I'm buying the SONY iOn 12MP don't think anyone can top that

posted on 08 May 2012, 06:55 2

4. TrainFromUkraine (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


You'll be surprised how many not-so-outdated Android phones haven't even been updated to Gingerbread. Hell, ICS is on less then 10% of phones too.

posted on 08 May 2012, 07:03

5. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


like that other guy said most people are getting it only cuz ithas a 12 mp camera were i work and in my family they all heard about this phone and they all said the same thing im gettin it only cuz of the 12 mp camera they dnt care it if has android 2.3 and most people at my job and family members that said that they ALL have iphones 4S'es. so im sure other people will get it cuz it has a 12 mp camera just to show it off BECAUSE it is the first phone in the US that will have a 12 mp camera..

posted on 08 May 2012, 08:52

8. -box- (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@omarc It's not the first with a 12 MP camera. We've had 12 MP phone cameras since (at least) the Nokia N8. The HTC Titan II has a 16 MP camera. It's not all about megapixel count. You can have a million-megapixel camera, but if it has crummy software or shoddy lenses or optics, it won't take great photos. High-resolution, yeah, but not better, necessarily. Most folk won't need more than 8-12 anyway until 2K and 4K monitors and TVs become the norm, since their equipment wouldn't be able to show the photo or video in its native resolution

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:23 1

11. tigermcm (Posts: 669; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I dont know how to feel about that. I'm not really a tech person but i just feel I should have a phone with the latest not just one new feature, like more mp

posted on 08 May 2012, 05:10

3. hung2900 (Posts: 765; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Still using crapdragon S3 chip? Or the new s4?

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:19

9. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


GSMarena's page says it's S3.

posted on 08 May 2012, 07:21

6. jibraihimi (Posts: 649; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I want to know the same thing, is it running on S3 or S4 chip........???? If it's running on S4 then I might go for it, instead of galaxy S3, as this phone has better camera than the galaxy S3......... Samsung should have atleast included 12mp cam in galaxy S3........

posted on 08 May 2012, 07:52

7. APPLE_R0YALLY (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Nice phone....

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:21

10. iliketech (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


why would any manufacturer produce a phone for market with Android as an OS, and NOT have Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) ONBOARD??? These guys have actually done this in the past and so they have a track record of this stupidity... Why create a nice phone (physically) to go and put outdated os on it??? crazy. I would consider buying it but since it does not have ICS then i will pass on this... If the phone doesen't have ICS on it then I'm not buying the sales bull that they will upgrade in the near future... Android has a SLOW track record for upgrading phones in the wild... It's the facts... I am currently using Android phone, and am going to upgrade to a phone with ICS.
Common' Sony!
How are you going to get to the top if you make senseless decisions like this... In my opinion, if a phone company is introducing a new (Android) phone into the market right now (May-June 2012) without ICS on it they are taking a BIG GAMBLE... on the other side, why not put ICS on the phone, look at HTC ONE, Sammy GSIII???
I'm disappointed in Sony, I think they still make good products...

posted on 08 May 2012, 09:50 3

12. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Stable Gingerbread > Crappy ICS

My S2 was amazing on Gingerbread, when I upgraded it to ICS it had more bugs, random crashes and lagged(Something that I never encountered before).

ICS on my Xperia Arc S on the other hand is as smooth as silk, because they took their time. Even though the processor is only single core and the device has 512 MB of RAM, they did a good job because they took their time.

And what's wrong with Gingerbread anyway? Isn't it like the best OS (Second to STABLE ICS) out there in the market?

posted on 09 May 2012, 14:26

18. BenCjamin (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 May 2011)


My Galaxy S2 did the reverse My phone was quite buggy on Gingerbread that it was ridiculous. I didn't even know how buggy it was until I updated to ICS. Now my phone runs like butter, the cameras better, the interface is better, my phone runs faster and my battery life has almost doubled.

I do agree with you though Stable Gingerbread> Crappy ICS. But
Stable ICS>>>>Stable Gingerbread.

posted on 08 May 2012, 10:34 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6129; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Please SONY HURRY up and release the date! Been waiting for this phone since CES

posted on 08 May 2012, 10:37

14. zvadim (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


if it has S3, its only appropriate to have Gingerbread -- last year CPU with last year OS. But then again, we've come to expect that from Sony, haven't we.

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:30

16. iliketech (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


not a cutting edge cell phone company...
I guess they think they are playing it safe...

posted on 08 May 2012, 13:26

17. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


what outdated OS? Gingerbread which is in most phones now a days. Just like dual core and quad core. How many apps actually utilize all four cores? not many. So dual cores are just fine. It's the way the phone and the OS work together. Yeah the 12 mp camera is great but not the first phone in the us with a 12 mp camera, Nokia N8 was the first. Sony will do just fine with the ION if its anything like the experia s which everybody loves to begin with. Can't wait for the ION usually pick a phone that lasts for at least two years. Even though my Samsung d307 is still in operation today after 7 years of service and my backflip is still going strong after two years.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:36

19. BLikens1619 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)


The Sony Ericsson Satio was the first 12 mp camera that was available in the US, not the N8.

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