Sony Xperia Ion

A Preview of the Sony Xperia Ion

29th February 2012

The Xperia Ion made its official debut at CES in January, and was billed as a US exclusive. However, Sony has since confirmed that the handset will be landing on UK soil - minus its support for LTE speeds.

This is good news for those of you after a Sony-branded high-end smartphone, as despite touting a near identical design to its Xperia S sibling, the Ion touts a whopping 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 Reality Display. The top-end specs don't stop there, as you'll also find a 1.5GHz dual-core processor under the hood alongside Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Sony has already confirmed that the phone will be updated to the latest version of Google's software - Ice Cream Sandwich - too, which will equip the phone with Android Beam NFC and Face Unlock functionality.

On the media front, the Sony Xperia Ion sports an impressive 12 megapixel rear-facing camera, complete with autofocus, LED flash and 3D sweep panorama smarts. It's also capable of shooting 1080p HD footage at 30 frames per second, which can be shared on your HDTV using the phone's built-in DLNA smarts. Other multimedia specs include a 1.3 megapixel HD front-facing camera, access to the PlayStation Suite, Sony Music Unlimited, an included FM radio and 16GB of built-in storage (with room to expand via microSD).

Rounding off the Xperia Ion's spec sheet is; 1GB RAM, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, GPS powered by Google Maps and a long-lasting 1900mAh battery.

The Sony Xperia Ion will be available in the UK Summer 2012.

A full review will be published here once the phone has been released.

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Sony Xperia Ion Specifications


133mm x 68mm x 10.8mm


144 grams


Full capacitive touch screen

Type: LED-backlit LCD

Size: 4.6 inches

Resolution: 720 x 1280


Keyboard: On-screen

Operating System

Android 2.3

Interface: TimeScape UI


Integrated NFC Chip



Internal: 16GB

External: microSD up to 32GB


CPU: 1.5GHz Dual core

A-GPS with maps



Data Speed

Up to 21 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed

Data Protocols



Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n



Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack

Data: Standard microUSB

Quad Band

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900



Bluetooth 2.1

A2DP for wireless stereo headsets



12.0 megapixel camera

Auto Focus and LED Flash

1080p Video Recording

At 30 fps

Face Detection

Front facing camera with video calling



Social Networking Features

Twitter and Facebook Widgets

Email Access



Battery Capacity: 1900 mAh

Talk Time: 600 minutes

Standby Time: 400 hours



Radio: FM with RDS

Audio supported formats

Playback: MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+

Recording: Supported

Video supported formats

Playback: MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV

Recording: Supported

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