Jan 09 AT 3:25 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

Sony Xperia Ion bringing 720p reality display, LTE to AT&T in Q2

sony xperia ion

The Sony Xperia Ion, one of the most anticipated devices of CES, has just been detailed as a PlayStation Certified LTE phone set to grace AT&T sometime in Q2.

Launching with Android 2.3 Gingerbread in Q2 in the US, the Xperia Ion will stand with the best in the smartphone display category, boasting a 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Reality display. With Samsung’s Super AMOLED, LG’s True HD IPS and Sony’s Reality displays, consumers will have a wide variety of HD displays to choose from in the first half of 2012 alone.

Much like competing manufacturers’ HD devices, the Ion comes with a dual-core processor (1.5 GHz to be exact), LTE, 16 GB of internal storage and a rear-facing camera capable of capturing 1080p video. The Ion may still stand out in the camera crowd, however, with Sony’s 12MP Exmor-R that features fast-capture for taking pictures on the fly.

No pricing information for the Xperia Ion has been revealed, but with a Q2 release, it shouldn’t be long until we find out.

This CES has already been jam packed with HD displays, dual-core devices and some of the world’s thinnest gadgets to date. Does the Xperia Ion have what it takes to be a success? Sony hasn’t had a whole lot of luck in the US so far, but it may finally be time for that to change. If any device could lead the charge, it would be the Ion.

Show Press Release
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
- PlayStationâ„¢ Certified and access to entertainment services from Sony Entertainment Network

January 9, 2012, Las Vegas, Nev. — Xperiaâ„¢ 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 PlayStationâ„¢ 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 Râ„¢ 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.

For full details on all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog: blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • spazby

    i would love it if it had ice cream, quad core and was on sprint…

  • scores87

    I hope sony continues the open attitude, I hope it wasn’t open because of Ericsson

  • Matt

    Gingerbread and it will be here sometime in Q2? WOW! Count me in!

  • Hall Lo

    Now its SONY, no more SE :O….
    But this phone is really nice! Heard that Sony has really good display technology, so really look forward to it :D

    • scores87

      Although I do like their screens on mobile, their tv panels are made by sharp and samsung so I wouldn’t call them the best display maker

      • Dustin Earley

        I thought they just supplemented with other manufacturer’s panels.

      • Dacha

        You are so wrong. Sony and Samsung had a joint venture in Korea called S-LCD. As Samsung always, they took advantage of it and surpassed Sony in LCD sales because they finally had access to Sony technology.
        Now Samsung is coping Apple and is having success with it.

  • sunrise

    It’s 2012 and ICS 4.0 has been out long enough for manufacturers to release phones with ICS on it. There shouldn’t be new high end phones in 2012 shipping without it.

  • Numbertwo

    T mobile we want an xperia phone!

  • vid500

    Finally a Sony… it took them some time. I like the new logo on a mobile device more.

  • redraider133

    To bad verizon will never pick up on something like this. We verizon customers are stuck with the xperia play=(

  • johnnycsx

    Seriously looks outdated already.

  • Logan Edwards

    I think this will replace my Captivate, granted ICS is released, which I’m sure it will be.

  • aykutb

    i would much like to see a comparison video >.<

  • donger

    they need more sony phones on verizon and tmobile.