Sony Xperia ion is coming to AT&T on June 24th for the killer price of $99.99

Sony Xperia ion is coming to AT&T on June 24th for the killer price of $99.99
Do you remember the Sony Xperia ion folks? Well, some of you might’ve forgotten about it after the trove of recent top-shelf Android smartphones of late, like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. In fact, it was way back in January when we first heard word about it and actually seen the smartphone in the flesh – though, the lack of news surrounding it has seemingly quieted its anticipation. And to tell you the truth, some were skeptical if the handset would indeed come to fruition.

Early last month in May, there were rumors that the handset would indeed be coming, as it was speculated to launch sometime in June. Thankfully folks, we’re getting the official word this morning regarding the release of the Sony Xperia ion for AT&T. You might want to circle this down on your calendar, because the Xperia ion is slated to officially launch on AT&T starting on June 24! Just a tiny bit over 1 ½ weeks away, AT&T customers looking to try some other high-end Android smartphone should take notice of this device – mainly because there are some juicy things coming along with it.

If you have forgotten about it, this will surely jog your memory back. Specifically, the Sony Xperia ion stands out for featuring a 4.6” 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 12-megapixel auto-focus camera with Exmor R for Mobile camera sensor, 1080p video recording, 1-megapixel 720p front-facing camera, HDMI out, DLNA, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, and LTE connectivity.

On the software side, it’s indeed going to be running Gingerbread out of the gate, but it’s mentioned by Sony that a bunch of Ice Cream Sandwich elements have been brought over – like quick access to the camera from the lock screen. Moreover, its multimedia centric features cover a wide range of options that covers Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services. Lastly, being a Sony device and all, it’s branded as PlayStation certified – albeit, we’ll have to wait until a later date to see a separate PlayStation store where certified games can be purchased.

Let’s take a quick refresher folks! The Sony Xperia ion packs a snazzy 4.6” HD display, 4G LTE connectivity, dual-core processor, 12-megapixel snapper, HDMI out, and it’s PlayStation certified. Knowing all of that, how much are you willing to pay? No doubt, everything sounds wonderful with the Sony Xperia ion, but beyond the specs and hardware, the best thing going for it is the $99.99 on-contract price point it’ll be flaunting at launch! Yes people, it’s going to cost you only $100 to pick up the beast.

Oh yeah, similar to Samsung’s TecTiles, the Xperia ion is complemented by SmartTags, which are nothing more than customized NFC tags that can execute a host of functions. We managed to check it out, and from what we see, they’re a lot more durable than the sticker look of Samsung’s TecTiles. In fact, you can attach them to your key chain even. In terms of pricing, we’re told a pack will be sold for $25 – though, there’s no confirmation to its exact availability. So who’s excited about this one?

source: AT&T

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Xperia ion
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1900 mAh(4.00h 3G talk time)



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Holy shyt!! Only 99$!!?? My prediction came true. Pay this month bill n buy the phone!! Thanks a bunch SONY!

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

haha, I bet your jizzing right now after an effin long w8. . .

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I should become a analyst. and predict things that would actually happened.

25. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Does anyone know the no-contract price? X10 was $350 at launch (without contract) - which was unbelievable. Can I hope for something similar :P?

2. wendygarett unregistered

WTF 99!!!

3. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

cool.thanks sony

4. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Bye bye lumia 900...

5. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

wow, for a premium brand like sony :O shocking!

7. BabyWade

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Smart move by AT&T since the SG3 is gonna be $199. If the problem with the capactive keys is fixed & the battery life is good I might just pass on the SG3 & go for the Ion but it all depends on the functionality between the two.

26. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Agreed. Amazon would price both even lower as I've seen in the past - GS3 ($150/$100) vs Ion ($50/$0). Either way, it's gonna be sweet :D

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Babywade. I'm buying this cause it have 1900 mah battery if i remember. plus the camera is better than SG camera 12mp. BEST PART IS IT's PLAY STATION Certified. not to mention its a sexier design than the GS III

8. amjohnson2005

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2012

ME!!!!! thank you Sony...finally a non-samsung phone with LTE and expandable memory! and nice sweet price indeed...dang it...i'm on now i have to wait until June 30th...oh sweet anticipation...come to husband will be happy that i will be happy...finally...anyone know of the physical specs?

12. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

getting mine next sunday, payday thursday. save money

9. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

Damnit At&T has the best phones by far!

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Verizon have the RAZR

20. jacky_luvsjrod

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2010

this is better thn the razr cuz it has a 720 p screen and a 12mp camera which the razr maxx doesnt iKno cuz my man has the razr maxx.

41. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thought everyone likes the RAZR and plus Verizon always gets the best phones than AT&T.

22. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

The Droid lineup(Droid4,Incredible,razr,razrmaxx) on verizon makes it close but At&t has the note, skyrocket, lumina, titanII, and One X. that is a legit lineup.

31. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

And do not forget the Motorola Atrix 3-ish coming soon, which is rumored to be the RAZR HD for AT&T. Great line up.

42. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Never again buy Motorola phones. They only care bout Verizon.

10. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

1.5ghz duel core, 12mp camera, and 4.6' screen for 100$ on a 2 year contract? Now that's what I call some awesome pricing! It may run gingerbread, but for those specs along with a future ICS update (I'm pretty sure), this phone is a steal!

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

Great price, but I think it's absolutely ridiculous that Sony is releasing a high-end device still running Gingerbread at this point. ICS has been out for almost 8 months. There is no excuse for that & sprinkling a few newer features an old version of the OS just isn't good enough.

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It will get ICS could care less what version as long SONY promise they delivier. they already deliviered ICS for their S, P TABLET & MINI PRO their doing a good job unlike HTC or LG is or Motorola

13. baypkyi

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What is the battery capacity? Can it be swapped out or is it an internal battery? Phone looks good, but if it can't last a day, what good is it?

14. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

If not mistaken I believe its around 1900mAh, and it's removable, battery like remains to be seen though. . .

27. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

1900 mAh embedded battery with microSD slot. Here is the white paper link:

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

When i buy mine ill let u know. What phone do u have now?

29. baypkyi

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Motorola Bravo and I replace the battery with a spare each day. If I can't have a spare battery, then I will pass.

32. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The BRAVO??? You so deserve any phone you want. Not a horrible phone, but not really a good phone either. Hope this meets your needs!!

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