Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion along with the powerful Xperia S smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Sony Xperia Ion is the company’s first dual-core smartphone featuring a 4.6 inch HD reality display and a 12 megapixel camera. After waiting for months, Sony has finally released the Xperia Ion in the US. This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The much-awaited Android 4.0 OS will be rolled out in the coming months.
Sony Xperia Ion features a 4.6 inch HD reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 18 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 6 hrs 45 min of talk-time, up to 850 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.
Folks living in the US can easily get the Sony Xperia Ion from Sony online store, AT&T online store and Best Buy. Sony is selling this handset for $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. On the other hand, AT&T is selling this device for $99.99 with a 2 years contract. You can also get this handset without any contract for $449.99. Customers who buy the Xperia ion through Best Buy will receive a deluxe version of Maroon 5′s new album Overexposed pre-loaded on their phone. To get this handset, head over to this page.