It’s been nearly six months after officially unveiling the Sony Xperia Ion. The wait is nearly over as AT&T finally announced the details of its availability. Starting on June 24, LTE-enabled handset Sony Xperia ion will be hitting all of the carrier’s sales channels at a price of $99 on a two-year agreement.
While the Ion won’t give the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III a run for most powerful smartphone, it does sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor (albeit of the S3 variety), 12MP camera, and a Bravia-enhanced 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality display.
Xperia Ion had seen at CES in January, where the device impressed us with its 4.6-inch HD Reality Display running at 720p, equipped with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with a micro slot for expansion and powered by the same Bravia engine used in its TVs. Xperia ion also supports Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited. These can make the Sony Mobile fans crave more for some high-speed data as Gingerbread-powered Xperia ion is the company’s first LTE smartphone to land in the States since its divorce from Ericsson.
Being known to its high quality cameras, Sony Xperia Ion comes with 12 Megapixel Rear Camera with their Exmor R back-illuminated sensor. Developed with fast capture and quick launch features ensures that you won’t miss a moment with Xperia ion. Sony added that the phone can go from standby to first camera shot within just 1.5 seconds. It also has lag times of less than a second between shots. Xperia ion also ensures high quality video recording with its Full HD video recording support using either rear or front-facing cameras. Another interesting feature of this smartphone is its near field communications (NFC) chip united with Sony’s SmartTag technology. This will allow to customizing the phone for specific locations. Connectivity includes HDMI and USB, along with NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth.
If AT&T’s sub-$100 price is competitive enough to sway buyers to Sony is a big question for now. The device isn’t exactly Sony’s flagship phone. However, with the imaging and NFC features of Sony Xperia ion, together with its low price, might give it a fighting chance and make it attractive to the US audience.