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Sony Xperia Ion UK Release Date and Specs

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:00

Sony Xperia Ion is amongst two phones announced back in January, during CES in Las Vegas. It's also, along with the second phone revealed at CES, namely Sony Xperia S, the first pair of Android smartphones from Sony since they parted ways with Ericsson. Until recently however, it was thought that Sony Xperia Ion was bypassing the UK altogether in favour of USA.

While Sony Xperia S is already on its way to the UK, due around the 12th March, and has therefore pipped Sony Xperia Ion at the post for the title of Sony's first Ericsson free phone to land on UK soil, it is excellent news to hear that it will soon be reunited with its brother. The info of Sony Xperia S's imminent arrival into the UK was revealed at Mobile World Congress, alongside news of Sony Xperia U and Sony Xperia P.

The main difference between the two phones is an extra 3 inch in screen size. But although Sony Xperia Ion has a 4.6 inch display (the largest screen thus far on a Sony Xperia phone), compared to Sony Xperia S's 4.3 inch, both still share the same resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, meaning that Xperia S's should be that little bit sharper.

Sony Xperia Ion, NFC enabled Android phone.

Sony Xperia Ion has a 1.5 GHz processor and Adreno 220 GPU. It has 16 GB of storage already in place and a microSD card slot which enables you to add up to an extra 32 GB. A Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery should be sufficient to power your phone for up to 10 hours (2G). As is the common theme this year, Xperia Ion will likely ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or maybe even Android 5.0 (Jellybean).

The real stars of the Sony Xperia Ion show are NFC and the magnificent 12 MP rear facing camera it boasts. NFC is particularly fun where Sony is concerned, as Sony has developed NFC enabled Smart Tags specifically for its Xperia range of Android smartphones, which allow you to customise your phone to suit your taste and the location you are based, such as work/car, with just a touch of handset and tag.

The 12 MP camera on the back of Xperia Ion is fantastic, and heading the way that most mobile phone users would prefer, making the need to carry a separate dedicated camera almost obsolete. Android phone technology still has a way to go in the camera stakes if it's not to fall be the wayside, and cannot rest on its laurels. At Mobile World Congress 2012, Nokia announced a Symbian smartphone with an incomprehensible 41 MP camera on the backside, a huge amount of mega pixels that we don't often see on affordable cameras of any kind.

UK Release Date and Price

There is no firm UK release date at present, but it's expected that we should be seeing Sony Xperia Ion's arrival somewhere in Q3 of 2012, just in time to capture those photographs as you take your summer holidays. There is also no price info, but expect Sony Xperia Ion to be within the high end, £400/£500 region for an unlocked/sim free handset.


  Sony Xperia Ion
Weight 144 grams
Height 133 mm
Width 68 mm
Depth 10.8 mm
Display 4.6 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
CPU 1.5 GHz dual-core, Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset
GPU Adreno 220
Platform Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgradeable to 2.4
Memory 16 GB, 1 GB RAM (microSD up to 32 GB)
Camera 12 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera 1.3 MP, [email protected]
Video [email protected], continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
Connections GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB
Battery Li-Ion 1900 mAh
Talktime Up to 10 hrs (2G) / Up to 4 hrs (3G)
Standby Up to 400 hrs (2G) / Up to 350 hrs (3G)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:41 )


#1 Harminder phull 2012-04-02 07:41
I Want This Phone. Wicked. Very. Nice

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