The Sony Xperia Ion will be the firstSony-branded phone to decorate the U.S. market. Arriving to AT&T,it bundles in 4G LTE speed and a 12-megapixel camera, along with aguaranteed upgrade from Android 2.3.7 to edition 4.0 "Ice CreamSandwich."
Sony Ericsson is in the middle ofbecoming Sony; although Sony bought out the Ericsson part of thepartnership, the transaction however has not legally closed. Thatmeans a firm however technically called Sony Ericsson is introducingsmart phones on the Sony name on them.
Slim, sleek, and ultra-sharp, the Ionwas among the nicest devices. The Ion has a 4.6-inch, 1280-by-720pixel HD that seemed absolutely gorgeous in person. And because theplan of the phone itself is thus pared down and trim, it did not lookunwieldy as few other phones on 4.5-inch+ displays can. There is ainbuilt HDMI-out port, which means you simply consider the content ofyour phone above an HDTV. The phone is even capable of sharingcontent through DLNA and Bravia Sync.
The Ion is sporting few attractivespecifications under the hood, like considerable. It is powered by a1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, and comes with 16GB of inbuiltmemory. There is even an empty micro SD card slot, which lets you toadd up to 32GB of additional memory. The phone is campaigning Android2.3.7 , and Sony has plighted to upgrade its devices to Ice CreamSandwich. It felt super swift and responsive like we swiped betweenhome screens and loaded applications.
The Xperia Ion as characteristics animpressive 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that captures 1080p videoat 30 frames per second. The camera applies Sony's Exmor R sensor,which Sony said excellently improves low-light functioning. Thecamera was particularly fast when we attempted it out, snapping clearphotos almost instantaneously. There is even a 1.3-megapixelfront-facing camera for video chat that is capable of recording 720pvideo at 30 frames per second.
The Ion will be PlayStation certified,campaigning at least some PlayStation games. Sony's Playstation allover scheme has been a little muddled. The Xperia Play phones haveabout 200 optimized games, but the Sony Tablet S just had a few dozenwhen I seemed at it, and many well-experienced PS2 names are missing.Sony execs said that over time, the Ion will derive more PS1 and PS2games.
It is as well unclear whether the Ionwill better integrate Sony's media services as compare to theSonyTablet S does. Sony owns a much more of great content, but itsCrackle, Ustream, Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services didnot connect on each other at all, wanting multiple sign-ins.
The Ion does not have a release date orpricing info till, other as compare to that it will be available inthe "second quarter" of the year. By then it will go upagainst the HTC Titan II, which sports a 16-megapixel camera and theNokia Lumia 900, with a high-quality 8-megapixel shooter sporting aCarl Zeiss lens.