At the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 Sony unveiled its latest phone, the Sony Xperia Ion which is due out in late March.  It is Sony’s first LTE phone and will be the first smartphone from the new Xperia NXT series. These are the next generation phones from Sony

A few specs on the phone:  It currently runs Android 2.3.7  (Gingerbread) on its 4.6″ HD display (1280 x 720 pixels), which might be just a bit too large for some people.  There will be an upgrade to Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It has a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor. The camera has a 12 megapixel rear facing camera (1080P) and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (720P) with “Fast Capture Innovation” which mobile photo enthusiasts will love.  The video camera can record 1080P videos.

For entertainment, users can access the Sony Entertainment Network.  They can access 15 million songs on Music Unlimited while Video Unlimited has the latest movies and TV shows. There is no expansion slot.  The phone comes with 16GB or 32 GB of flash storage so you have to be a bit decisive when it comes to those high quality pictures and downloads.

For those mobile gamers (which are steadily on the rise), the Sony Xperia Ion is Playstation Certified.  Which means that you can play games that Sony pushes to its Android device and access the Playstation Store. Sony will provide support for these games.

What might make this model more successful than previous models is the lack of “Ericsson” features.  The user interface is clean with minimal and smooth Android software.  The phone also has HDMI output to make sharing even easier. Being able to connect the phone to the TV will make the user experience even better.

Price $: Not Confirmed ($200 – $300)
Release Date: March 2012 (Q2)
Carrier:  AT&T (LTE)
Capacity: 16 GB or 32 GB(no Micro SD expansion slot)
Screen: 4.6 HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Battery: 1500 mAh
OS:  Android 2.37 (Gingerbread) – Update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) expected in April 2012
Processor:  1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor Qualcomm
Features:  Access to Sony Entertainment Network, Playstation Certified
Cameras:  12 Megapixels Exmor -R (Fast Capture Innovation) / Front facing 1.3 Megapixel
Camcorder:  1080P Video Capture (Rear Camera) / 720P Video Capture (Front facing Camera)

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