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Sony Xperia ion

Sony Xperia ion
4.6"
720 x 1280 pixels
12.1 MP
1.3 MP front
RAM: 1 GB
MEMORY: 16 GB + MicroSD
BATTERY: 1900 mAh (4.00h 3G talk time)
Announced: Jan 9, 2012
Market status: Released
Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Rugged NFC Dual SIM

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T

Pros

  • Lightweight phone

Cons

  • Too little RAM memory (1 GB RAM)

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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)
  • 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 5.5 oz (158 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
  • Screen-to-body ratio:

    Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

    • 63.48 %
  • Features:
    • Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

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

Hardware

  • 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:

    Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

      • 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.

    • 1 GB RAM
  • Built-in storage:

    Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:

    Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Capacity:

    Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

    • 1900 mAh
  • Type:
    • User replaceable
  • Talk time:
    • 10.00 hours
      the average is 21 h (1240 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 16.7 days (400 hours)
      the average is 19 days (450 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 4.00 hours
      the average is 18 h (1075 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 14.6 days (350 hours)
      the average is 23 days (556 h)

MultimediaPopup

  • Screen mirroring:
    • TV-out
  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Radio:
      • FM

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 17
  • Data:
    • LTE, HSPA, UMTS

Phone features

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

  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
  • Wi-Fi:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • HDMI:
      • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. The most common types are GPS and A-GPS. 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.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
  • Other:
    • NFC, ANT+, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 09 Jan 2012

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

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 from the main variant:

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
  • 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 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 - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 1.22 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.00 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.24 W/kg
    • Wireless Router:
      • 1.24 W/kg

Sony Xperia ion LT28h (HSPA+ only version)

Differences from the main variant:

  • 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 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 - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 1.08 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.97 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.46 W/kg
    • Wireless Router:
      • 1.42 W/kg

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