We give you a Sony Xperia Ion Review first look at the upcoming Sony Xperia ion, the first Sony 4G LTE smartphone, in this episode. The Xperia ion features a 4.55-inch thigh definition ouchscreen display, 12 megapixel camera, and a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. It can shoot 1080p video with the rear camera, and 720p video using the camera up front. Hit the video for the full scoop on the Xperia ion!
Sony Xperia Ion Review
The latest Sony Xperia phone may have lost the word Ericsson from its title, thanks to some rebranding by the company, but it has also gained a lot in return.
For starters, its Sony's first ever handset to connect to an LTE 4G network, with AT&T already announced as a carrier in the US. On top of that, it has a large 4.6-inch, 720p screen, with 1,280x720 pixels delivering an impressive visual experience.
The Ion also boasts a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. That 12-megapixels isn't just a meaningless number as the snaps we took on the show floor were vibrant and very detailed. Those looking to make more use of the camera will appreciate the dedicated hardware button and a fairly quick shutter speed, too.
Wandering around CES, it's easy to see the blurring of the lines between handsets as mobile entertainment on the go and phones being used as game and video players in the home.
The Xperia Ion seems to fit into those blurred boundaries nicely. As well as the obvious PlayStation certification for those game titles available on Android, it also has a micro-HDMI-out port, plus a compatible dock that enables viewing on larger displays. This means users can play music, view photos and even send SMS messages using the TV, while the phone itself can also apparently be controlled using any TV remote (although we weren't able to test that claim).
The Ion even uses a mobile version of Sony’s Bravia Engine, which as the name suggests is the same system Sony uses on its Bravia line of HD televisions. The effect is supposed to be more life like when it comes to colours and tones.
No complaints here then? Well, there is the little matter that the phone currently only snacks on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, like the other Sony handset unveiled at CES 2012, the Xperia S. Sony says the Ion will eventually move up the food chain to run Icecream Sandwich - aka Android 4.0 - but no date has been set for the update.
At least the Xperia Ion's current interface was quick in our tests. Overall, what the Ion might lack in looks it more than makes up for in functionality and it's a powerful device, thanks to a 1.5GHz dual core SnapDragon processor.
A set release date or price for the Xperia Ion is yet to be announced but Sony is expected to deliver the phone in the second quarter of 2012. We'll let you know when a price surfaces.