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Sony unveils the Xperia Ion, 4.6-inch screen dual-core Xperia phone

Sony Ericsson is no more as Sony bought Ericsson’s shares in the partnership but the Xperia line continues. Unveiled at the CES 2012 is one of the first Sony-branded Android phone, the gorgeously slim Sony Xperia Ion.


The Sony Xperia Ion boasts of a 4.6-inch super-wide LED HD Reality Display with the Mobile Bravia Engine. It has a whopping 1280 x 720 resolution giving it a really sharp and clear display.

This is not only one of the first Sony phone but also the first Xperia to feature a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the Timescape UI but I’m sure ICS won’t be far behind.

Not to be outdone by its screen, the Xperia Ion has a 12-megapixel camera with the Sony Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor that can do 1080p Full HD video recording and 3D Sweep Panorama. The 1.3-megapixel front camera is no slouch either as it can output a 720p display for video calls.

The Xperia Ion also packs 1GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage with support for up to 32GB microSD. It also features the Walkman’s SensMe which sorts your shuffled playlist according to the mood of the music. Don’t ask me, I don’t know how that actually works.

Right now, this is a phone that will be exclusive to AT&T but I’m sure Sony will have something very similar for the open market. The closest phone to this would be the new Sony Xperia S which packs a smaller 4.3-inch screen and no microSD expansion slot.

Sony Xperia Ion Specs:
1.5GHz dual-core 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 w/ A2DP
HDMI port
GPS w/ aGPS support
132.0 × 68.0 × 10.6 mm
5.1 oz

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  • StratoSpHere

    Now this phone is reaaaallly different from before! Bravia Engine in smartphones I think was the unique move Sony did to differ them with Samsung, Apple, LG and more others. 😀

    • and the Exmor R sensor on their phone cameras

  • aze

    this is what im waiting for L:)

  • Robin Lim

    I do not think I will buy a new Android till the physical buttons are gone.

    • how would you turn it on if it has no physical button?

    • Marc

      there will always be at least one hardware/physical button.. the one to turn the device on or off (i.e. the power button).. soft keys function only when the device is on cuz you need power for soft keys to function so if the phone’s off you would need a physical button to turn it on.

    • thejorlanb

      physical buttons exists for a reason. Either for practical and technical reasons.
      Technically, physical buttons are needed for using your phone for instance in otterbox. There are cases where android phones can be fastboot / recovered using this buttons.
      Practically, it is more stable to use some phone functions via physical buttons,ie,taking pictures, volume up and down, clicking your phone inside your wallet..etc..

      Some companies wants to eliminate physical buttons cause physical buttons means mechanical parts, more mechanical parts means more $$$$$$….


  • JmBalicano

    This might soon rule the smartphone camera comparisons!

  • wiz

    hahaha a brand new Sony phone with sony ericsson logo at the back. :)anyway nice design as always.

    • Griswold

      sony design yang logo ng sony ericsson.

  • Edsar

    Biglang outdated na SE Experia Arc S lol:

  • Griswold

    sa AT&T na itong ion… ok na ako dun sa xperia S.

  • Is the battery user replaceable? I do hope so. This phone has WIN written all over it! So I guess the SE Xperia Pro MK16i Iyokan IS the last SE with QWERTY keyboard.

  • Edward

    hope they will release an exact replica of this phone that will available world wide! it will be a hit!