Back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, Sony officially took the wraps off, what was their first, Sony-only branded smartphone. At the time of the announcement, Paul Hamnett, President, Sony Mobile Communcations, said, “With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together several firsts that will take users beyond the smartphone. Designed to deliver a seamless experience across the multiple screens we use to play, watch, listen, and share, Xperia ion is the gateway to entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it.”
The projected launch date of this handset was the second quarter of 2012 and it was expected to land in the U.S before being available worldwide. However, it seems that Taiwan has overtaken the U.S in receiving this smartphone with Digitimes reporting that the brand has already announced the smartphone in that region and will be available by late May. In the Digitimes report, there was no actual date available for its release, but a report by The Mobile Indian claims that the Sony Xperia ion will hit the shelves in Taiwan by the 15th of May. Another interesting bit of information is that this handset will debut in India later this year.
First Sony branded handset coming soon?
A listing on Release Date India has stated that this smartphone will be available in our country officially by this quarter of 2012. One can expect this handset to launch in India before the end of June.
Here is a quick look at some of the main features of the Sony Xperia ion:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 with an Adreno 220 GPU
- 4.55-inch Sony's BRAVIA Engine Reality display with a resolution of 1280 x 720
- 16GB internal storage
- 1GB RAM
- MicroSD card support up to 32GB
- 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi, LTE
- Bluetooth v3.0, microUSB v2.0,
- 12 MP AF rear camera with 1080p video recording at 30fps
- VGA front facing camera
As for the pricing of this smartphone, it will be available in Taiwan at a price of US $678, which roughly translates to 36,510. Let us know your thoughts on the possible pricing of the Sony Xperia ion in India in the comments section below.