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Sony Xperia ion

Announced
Jan 9, 2012
Market status
Released

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T

Pros

  • High-resolution display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • High pixel densitiy screen, over 300ppi (323 ppi)
  • High-resolution camera (12.1 megapixels)
  • Dual core processor
  • Lots of RAM (1024 MB RAM)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • NFC
  • HDMI connector for TV-out ()

Cons

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Description

Sony Xperia ion is the first phone that is just Sony (no Ericsson here), which was expected after Sony bought the Ericsson share out of the joint venture. It is landing exclusively on AT&T's LTE network, just to spice things up. It is the first dual-core Xperia phone; it features 4.55" HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 16GB of internal memory, plus a whopping 12MP camera with Exmor R sensor. As was mentioned, the Sony Xperia ion will sport LTE connectivity, rounding up a pretty formidable Android high-end, which we can't wait to get our mitts on, and give this 12MP camera on the back the review treatment. Sony claims that it takes under two seconds to get the camera from standby mode to image capture, so speed will be on our side with the humongous 12MP sensor as well.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.1.2, 4.0, 2.3)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.20 x 2.68 x 0.42 inches (132 x 68 x 10.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.08 oz (144 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Colors:
    • Black

DisplayPopup

  • Physical size:
    • 4.5 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 323 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup12.1 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • PopupBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.3 megapixels

Hardwarebenchmark

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1500 MHz
  • Graphics processor:
      • Yes
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 10.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (746 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 16.7 days (400 hours)
      the average is 21 days (502 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 4.00 hours
      the average is 13 h (769 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 14.6 days (350 hours)
      the average is 21 days (502 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1900 mAh

MultimediaPopup

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • Radio:
      • FM
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
    • supports:
      • HTML, Flash
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+, Twitter

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 17) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • PopupUnlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • PopupSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
  • Wi-Fi:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • Yes
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 09 Jan 2012
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This device is also known as Sony LT28at, Sony LT28i


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Sony Xperia ion LT28i

(International version)
Differences:
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T3
  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 13 Jul 2012
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        PY7A8880001 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.22 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.00 W/kg
    • Product Specific Use:
      • 1.24 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.24 W/kg

Sony Xperia ion LT28h

(HSPA+ only version)
Differences:
  • Other:
    • NFC
  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 01 Aug 2012
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        PY7PM-0200 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.08 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.97 W/kg
    • Product Specific Use:
      • 1.42 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.46 W/kg

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