Sony’s New Jewel Arrives At CES, Introduces The Xperia Ion

Just like that CES is kicking into full gear. Normally when you think of high-end smartphones, Verizon and Sprint immediately come to mind with their lineup of Android monster phones. However, AT&T is looking to make a statement… and it’s a major one too. Newly rejuvenated Sony is set to change consumers’ perceptions of their Android devices and they’re doing just that by unleashing a new LTE-based monster called the Xperia Ion. The phone will feature some very attractive specifications:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.6-inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution; 1080P full HD video recording ability
  • 12MP camera(!!!!!)
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Front-facing camera with ability to record video in 720P
  • Gingerbread 2.3 (device will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 later in the year)

Oh and since this phone is a Sony phone, that means it gets nice perks too being under the Sony umbrella. How about official Playstation certification for starters? Yes, you read that right— the phone is a Playstation-certified phone meaning Sony plans to bring Playstation-exclusive games that will be optimized for the phone. That means we’ll be able to get in on some Gran Turismo 4 or Crash Bandicoot on the cool phone in the very near-future. Oh and there’s some more: the phone supports the Sony Entertainment Network which includes the Music Unlimited (which includes a catalog of 12 million songs) and Video Unlimited content streaming and rental services. Are you guys salivating yet?

Hit the break for Sony’s full presser.


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 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.

About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

  • Anonymous

    Why the !!!!! for the 12mp camera? It’s going to be a tiny grain-tastic sensor anyways.

    • Anonymous

      The Exmor-R camera sensor is very good. Definitely not a cheapo grain-tastic sensor.

  • Roy Alugbue™

    It’s the first 12MP camera of its kind Hajmola— whether or not includes a grain-tastic sensor is not the point, there’s no other phone with a 12MP camera at this time.

    • Rich s

      what about the nokia n8? that came out over a year ago with 12mp cam. if it can beat the clarity of the n8 then sony are onto a winner

      • Anonymous

        The Exmor-R camera sensor is very good, and it was a result of Sony’s in-house R&D.

        The pictures that the Sony Xperia Ion should rival, if not beat, those taken by the Nokia N8. However, we can only be sure with a detailed comparison of photos taken by both phones.

  • Anonymous

    What about the N8

    • Roy Alugbue™

      The first 12MP camera of its kind for any Android device. :-P

  • Mario

    Holy damn! Awesome features!