Sony Xperia ion promo video surfaces as wider release looms

Sony Xperia ion promo video surfaces as wider release looms
The Sony Xperia ion, unveiled long back at CES in January, is gearing up for a launch on AT&T soon, and Sony has now posted two promo videos about the handset, underlining its features and possibly hinting that it’s closer to release. The phone just recently passed FCC certification with AT&T’s bands.

The Xperia ion features a 4.6" HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine for bumped up vivacity of colors and with reduced light reflection for better outdoor visibility. It’s also got a dual-core processor and a 12-megapixel camera with fast capture.

Unlike some other handsets, it’s actually got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from the get-go, so you don’t have to upgrade.

The handset has already arrived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and it’s officially coming to Europe in September, but we don’t have the US release date just yet. Stay tuned - it’s coming on AT&T with support for the carrier’s LTE network, so it should be a treat.

source: Sony

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Xperia ion
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1900 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2



16. macjhon

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

$700.00 xperia ion LT28 is available yet.

15. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Hey did anyone else see the manufactures list when you upgrade your phone. I'm on there now and the one manufacture is Sony but nothing listed. Wonder whats going on?

14. neilrued

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Edit: last paragraph; I meant to type Sony Ericsson Arc S model, sorry for any inconvenience.

13. neilrued

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

In Australia, the 4G network is under development between two major competitors, Telstra and Optus. Telstra and Optus are implementing 1800MHz and when Australian analog TV services are phased out by next year, Telstra and Optus are planning on bidding for the 700MHz band because both are keen to compete with each other, in using the 700MHz band to provide additional 4G services. Telstra is also planning on expanding 4G bands further, to include 2600MHz for international roaming. Telstra is allocating the 2100MHz band for their existing NextG customers. The 850MHz is already in use for other types of mobile services in Australia, if Sony wants to widen acceptance for the Ion, it should include the 700MHz band. That may make the Ion more future proof; last thing Sony would want is for users to dump their products en masse because of the lack of connectivity. I noticed several cellular 'phone carriers are stocking the Sony Xperia S, which shares most of the Sony Xperia Ion specifications, with the exception of implementation of a 700MHz 4G band, no external micro SD card slot, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For me two deal breakers are lack of a 700MHz band and lack of an external micro SD 64 GB card slot. If the Sony Xperia Ion is released without a 700MHz and micro SDXC 64GB card slot, I will save my money and get a Sony Xperia Arc S model, it may be last year's model without 700MHz band, but it has a micro SD slot with a limited up to 32GB storage, which is acceptable considering I'd be saving $240 on the existing 24 month plans.

12. neilrued

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

I am hoping that Sony has delayed the introduction of the Ion to make sure this smart 'phone is compatible with the varying range of frequencies, used by different countries' LTE or 4G networks. To allow potential globe trotting users the advantage of using the full services of high speed cell 'phone networks, no matter where they travel. I imagine it would be annoying to travel from the USA to Europe, and finding the 'phone slows down when Internet browsing, or travelling from Australia to the USA and finding the same thing!

11. x01hst

Posts: 13; Member since: May 21, 2012

I was asked to Sony by e-mail "when you are release to this phone?." Their answer was "may be middle of June or end of June by AT&T." Also they said release date is control by provider not Sony this time. If that is correct information Sony is ready and AT&T hold releaset at this time.

10. x01hst

Posts: 13; Member since: May 21, 2012

xperia ion LT28i sales on ebay. Price is $700.00 over !!!!

9. x01hst

Posts: 13; Member since: May 21, 2012

Sony lose Samsung :(

8. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well I think its BS that china got this phone first since we've been waiting so long on this phone to come out and when it does it will be out of date already. Don't know what the hold up was but with all the new phones coming out and sony has yet to release their flagship codenamed mint due out in september. Then the sg3 is getting ready to release and then at&t will be getting a razr HD. Was holding out for this phone but marketing on this phone really sucked and taking too much time to get out. Sony might have thrown a monkey wrench in their plans everyone else is getting ICS out of the box. This just blows.

7. coolbreeze

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

This phone still has the old S3 from last year's LTE phones. It's completely outdated. And the phone ships with Gingerbread, PA. A look at the product page on Sony's website still says as much so I don't know where you got that it launches with ICS.

6. x01hst

Posts: 13; Member since: May 21, 2012

I don't want prolog. I want know price and release date Sony and AT&T.

5. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Shut up Sony and AT&T and take my money.! Oh wait, I'm on Sprint. Dammit, I don't care, still take my money.! :D

4. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

These aren't new video's, they've just re-released them.

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Com on AT&t AND RELEASE THIS PHONE ALREADY. My upgrade is READY been dying for this phone since saw it at CES

2. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

They should price this like the Samsung Galaxy SII.

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Still crappy S3 SoC?

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