AT&T Blesses Sony Xperia Ion With Super-Low Launch Price


For a long time now, we’ve been expecting Sony’s Xperia Ion to come to AT&T sometime in the second quarter of the year as the manufacturer’s first LTE model. Last month, the discovery of Google ads for the Ion helped narrow that down to sometime in June. As we come up on the month’s halfway point, AT&T is finally lifting the curtain on the Ion’s launch details, revealing plans to kick-off sales of the Android on June 24.

Perhaps the most interesting bit of this announcement is the revelation of the Ion’s launch price; like the similarly LTE-equipped Nokia Lumia 900, the Xperia Ion will be available on-contract for just about $100, a fantastically low initial price for a modern smartphone.

For that kind of money, you’ll get a handset with a 4.6-inch 720p display and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. While most of the phone’s specs sound pretty solid for a higher-end device, some are more impressive than others, like the inclusion of a 12-megapixel main camera.

The Ion packs 16GB of storage on-board, with microSD expansion available should wish to augment that. As should be no surprise, the Ion gets Sony’s PlayStation Certification.

That June 24 launch date covers all AT&T distribution channels, including both retail and online sales. Is anyone looking forward to picking this one up?

Source: AT&T
Via: BGR

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