One of the new major devices announced at CES 2012, the Sony Xperia Ion is rumored to hit AT&T in Q1 2012. Packed inside the Xperia Ion smartphone is a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 processor with 1 GB of RAM. On front of the Xperia Ion is a 4.6-inch display with a 720 x 1280 HD display. The phone features two cameras, one front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat and on back is a 12-megapixel shooter with LED flash and autofocus. Other features of the Xperia Ion include LTE connectivity and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Read on for the latest Sony Xperia Ion news, reviews and videos:
by Anton D. Nagy | December 18, 2012 4:49 AM
Two months ago Sony published information about its Jelly Bean update plans, when approximately will the refresh hit and which devices should be those that get it. Now Sony has published new information about the matter "including uplift to Jelly Bean Android 4.1 for 2012 Xperia". February and March is where you should expect and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update notification on your Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V. If you own an Xperia P, Xperia J or an Xperia go you should be on the lookout for the new firmware starting end of March, soon after that for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion ...
by Anton D. Nagy | June 25, 2012 3:45 AM
It's been quite some time since Sony introduced the Xperia Ion for AT&T at the beginning of the year at CES. However, six months later, the phone is available for purchase online at the carrier, going for $99.99 with a two-year contract (or $449.00 outright). It's been so long since its introduction that you might need to refresh your memory with our hands-on video. As far as specs are concerned, the Xperia Ion packs a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.6-inch 720p display, and a twelve-megapixel camera, in addition to LTE compatibility on AT&T. The downside -- of running ...
by Stephen Schenck | June 14, 2012 10:58 AM
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 ...
by Stephen Schenck | May 7, 2012 5:19 PM
This past January's CES afforded us an opportunity to get a hands-on look at Sony's Xperia Ion, sporting a 4.6-inch 720p display and a 12-megapixel camera. At the time, official word was that the Ion would see a retail launch on AT&T in the States sometime during the second quarter of the year. Just a little later in the month, though, a leaked AT&T roadmap suggested that the Ion might arrive a bit earlier still, coming to the carrier during Q1, instead. That obviously hasn't come to pass, so are we back to a Q2 date, or might the phone be postponed until later in the year; after all, a ...
by Stephen Schenck | February 7, 2012 11:45 PM
This fall, we saw AT&T's LTE network start with a bang, offering subscribers not one, but two LTE-equipped Androids to choose from in early November. Since then, we've heard a lot about additional smartphones planned for the growing 4G network. Today, AT&T really let the floodgates open, revealing, among other new products, half-a-dozen LTE-enabled Androids. Some of these Androids on their way to AT&T are models we've had our eye on for some time. Take, for instance, the over-sized Samsung Galaxy Note, which we've spotted already with its AT&T badging and had been expecting the carrier to ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 25, 2012 3:46 PM
The guys over at BGR have gotten their hands on a supposed Q1 2012 AT&T roadmap, and started things off by revealing what secrets it contained regarding the Nokia Lumia 900. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though, and now the site has expanded on its coverage of the leak, featuring upcoming Android phones, tablets, and Windows Phone handsets. Let's start with the HTC Titan II, which will join the Lumia 900 as one of the first Windows Phone LTE models. According to this document, the Titan II will be showing up at the carrier hand-in-hand with the 900, both arriving on March 18. The ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 23, 2012 12:17 PM
When AT&T took the stage to announce its next wave of LTE-capable smartphones at this year's CES, we finally got confirmation of just what Sony's Xperia Ion would be, learning of plans to bring the dual-core Android to the carrier. We've still got a few months to go before the Ion becomes available, since AT&T revealed the phone will be arriving sometime during the second quarter of the year. While we still await news of a more specific release date, at least one more aspect of the phone's launch has now been revealed, as pre-orders for the handset share its pricing details. Retailer Negri ...
by Anton D. Nagy | January 11, 2012 9:06 AM
We meet the Sony Xperia Ion, a device which is "first" from a couple of perspectives: it's the first Sony device to come sans the "Ericsson" in its branding, though the device we got our hands on still uses the old Sony Ericsson logo, unlike the official AT&T phone render. It is also the first device from the manufacturer to include a 4G LTE radio. The Sony Xperia Ion packs a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.6-inch 720p display, and a twelve-megapixel camera. While you're waiting for the second quarter of the year, when it hits AT&T's shelves, take a look at our hands-on below. We like the ...
by Anton D. Nagy | January 10, 2012 10:56 AM
According to recent rumors, Sony Ericsson will unveil two Android-powered smartphones at the upcoming CES. According to reports, they will be the Xperia S and the Xperia Ion, wearing a "Sony"-only branding (though it is yet unknown whether it will be accompanied by the "Sony Ericsson" branding too, or not). The Xperia S is a new name but it appears to relate to the LT26i "Nozomi" phone which we've recently saw previewed (though with a full "Sony Ericsson" branding at the top). You should expect specs like 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-megapixel camera, and a 720p. As far as ...
by Anton D. Nagy | January 10, 2012 10:52 AM
At the beginning of December, following up on the acquisition of Ericsson's stake from the joint venture by Sony, we've been told that Sony will be phasing out the Sony Ericsson brand by mid-2012. We're now told that Sony Ericsson will be rebranded as Sony Mobile Communications and all the phones which will be announced and released from this point on will be only wearing the "Sony" branding. The old Sony Ericsson logo is also dumped and, to testify to all the above, the Sony Xperia Ion on AT&T as well as the Sony Xperia S are only labeled as Sony. Source: MobileSyrup
by Stephen Schenck | January 9, 2012 11:14 PM
Will Sony (once dropping the Ericsson bit becomes final) be adding a model to its Xperia line of Androids called the Ion? That's the latest theory going around, thanks to the discovery of the product name in a trademark filing with the USPTO. Just what might this hardware end up being? For the moment, at least until we learn something else that helps to narrow-down the field any, the Xperia Ion is a potential name for any of the Sony Androids we've learned of being in development. We recently saw some pictures snapped by the thirteen-megapixel LT28at, and its Bluetooth SIG paperwork ...