Sony Announces the Xperia ION, their First LTE Smartphone

Sony breaks the LTE barrier today by announcing the Xperia ION at CES 2012 today. The ION will be available for AT&T in the U.S., and feature a front-facing camera with 720p HD video recording, a rear 12-Megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal memory, a 4.6-inch HD display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology (1280×720), HDMI output, BRAVIA Sync, DLNA support, and running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with an update to Ice Cream Sandwich slated for the future.

The Xperia ION, being from Sony of course, will be PlayStation Certified for gaming. The ION looks to be a very promising camera/camcorder smartphone as Sony states the ION’s “HD camera goes from standby mode to first shot in 1.5 seconds.” Pricing and availability are still not solid, but Sony says the device will come out some time in Q2 2012.

[spoiler]Xperia ion revealed – first LTE smartphone from Sony available exclusively from AT&T

• HD powerhouse – two HD cameras, 4.6-inch1 HD screen and HDMI-out support
• Unmatched Android camera experience in the US with 12 megapixel rear camera
• Effortless sharing of content with easy connectivity across multiple screens within the world of Sony
• PlayStation™ Certified and access to entertainment services from Sony Entertainment Network

January 9, 2012, Las Vegas, Nev. – Xperia™ ion, the first LTE smartphone from Sony®*, was introduced today at the 2012 International CES and will be available exclusively in the U.S. from AT&T in the second quarter.

Xperia ion from Sony enables easy connectivity with multiple screens for consumers looking to share and enjoy content on whichever screen they choose, whether it’s TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Xperia ion from Sony has a stunning 4.6-inch HD display (1280 X 720 pixels) that provides a visual brilliance for superior viewing experiences. For photo enthusiasts, Xperia ion features a new Fast Capture innovation to make sure life’s unexpected moments are not missed: the HD camera goes from standby mode to first shot in 1.5 seconds.1 The impressive images taken with the 12-megapixel rear camera are unmatched by any other Android smartphone. Additionally, both rear- and front-facing cameras deliver HD recording capabilities.

“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together several firsts that will take users beyond the smartphone,” said Paul Hamnett, President, Sony Ericsson North America. “Designed to deliver a seamless experience across the multiple screens we use to play, watch, listen, and share, Xperia ion is the gateway to entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it.”

Xperia ion users will be able to access the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network**. Music Unlimited offers a global catalogue of 12 million unique songs while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios***.

Xperia ion is also PlayStation™ Certified, guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience.****

Xperia ion is launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Key Features for Xperia ion:

· 4.6-inch HD Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720), as well as rear (1080p) and front (720p) cameras for HD recording.

· 1.5GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 16GB flash storage.

· 12MP rear camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile with fast-capture to go from standby to first shot in less than two seconds.

· HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync to quickly and easily stream content on other screens.

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**Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see for more details.

*** The number of available songs varies by region.

**** Subject to market availability.[/spoiler]

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Solomon Massele
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