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Sony PH launches the 4.6-inch Xperia ion, won’t work with Smart’s LTE

The Sony Xperia Ion is now official as Sony Philippines launched the 4.6-inch brother of their Sony Xperia S last Wednesday along with the Sony Xperia Neo L.


It’s almost like the Sony Xperia S in terms of specs and power but with two main differences aside from its screen size. One is a microSD slot and second, is its LTE support. A thing of note though, this phone won’t work in this country’s LTE due to the different LTE frequency it supports. It will still support HSPA+ though which is why Sony decided to bring it here, and you can also use it with AT&T’s LTE if you decide to bring it to the US.


Rounding up the feature list, you will get an HD 4.6-inch display with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with the aforementioned microSD slot, and a 12-megapixel camera using Sony’s Exmor R lens for mobile. It also runs on Android Gingerbread but Sony is expecting the Ice Cream Sandwich update next month.


This phone is not only slightly bigger than the Xperia S but also slightly heavier due to the combination of high-quality plastic and metal portions on its body. It also lacks the transparent strip that gives the Xperia S, P, and U the striking trait of a Sony NXT phone. Anyway, the Xperia Ion is still one good-looking phone that feels solid to use.

The Sony Xperia Iion will be available starting July 21 with a suggested retail price of Php29,990, a bit pricey in my opinion when you can already get quality quad-core Android phones for less.

Sony Xperia Ion Specs:
1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
Adreno 220 GPU
4.6″ Reality display with the Mobile Bravia Engine (1280 x 720 resolution)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, up to 32GB microSD
12-megapixel Exmor-R camera
1080 Full HD video recording at 30fps
1.3-megapixel front camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, NFC
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
HDMI port
GPS w/ aGPS support
132.0 × 68.0 × 10.6 mm
1900mAh Li-Ion battery
SRP: Php29,990
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  • simplynice93

    Still Gingerbread at P29+K…
    HELLO SONY! People are already upgrading to Jelly Bean. They cant even upgrade Xperia MT15i Gingerbread OS to ICS…

    • well the xperia ion was created at the same time as the xperia s which were gingerbread din when it was released, and way before Jelly bean was announced. but the 29k price tag hurts.

  • aze

    i dont think many people will buy this phone.

    • Agree with you aze, I’d rather buy S3

  • Kazuyen

    Funny Sony, a feature that you can’t use and still will cost you 29k? SGS3 anyone?

    • bernadette

      sgs# cost only 23k. If I may ask you po, which will you choose between sony ion and sgs3?

  • Griswold

    nagsayang lang sila. dapat di na nila nilabas ito dito. ok na yung xperia S eh. dapat kung maglalabas sila ng mas maganda sa Xperia S quad-core na sana. hayyy. late na.

  • yurisama

    olats ang sony ion. mas reasonable pang bumili ng galaxy note…malaki n screen, upgradable p to ics may s-pen at mura p kesa sony ion.

  • ming

    Hi, may nakapag test n po ba ng call quality nito? sabi kasi sa ibang review hindi daw maganda ang call quality nito and also the speakers, kahit naka on yung xloud, it is still not loud enough