Sony Xperia Ion announced – 4.6″ 720p display, 12megapixel camera

One of the long-rumoured Sony Ericsson Android models has been confirmed today at the CES 2012 tech event, with Sony – yes, just Sony from now on – announcing its new Xperia Ion in conjunction with US network AT&T.

The first Sony-badged Android phone is a monster, arriving with a 4.6″ BRAVIA Engine/Reality Display screen running at 1280×720 resolution, powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor and featuring a class-leading 12megapixel Exmor R camera sensor around the back – and a 1.3MP front chat cam.

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But despite launching in Q2 of 2012, the Xperia Ion will arrive with Android 2.3 onboard as its OS. No mention is made of a Euro release as yet, and as this is an LTE model, we may not see it at all. But here’s the press release anyway – and more tech specs can be found on the phone’s official site:

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 15 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.

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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