We’re at CES 2012 and Sony just announced its first 4G LTE handset and the Xperia Ion will be coming exclusively to AT&T within a few months. Let’s take a look at it and see if you should get excited.
The Xperia Ion hits all the major check boxes for a high-end smartphone. You want a 4.6-inch, 720p HD screen? It has that. A 12-megapixel camera with a super-fast shutter lag? Check. It also has the capability to utilize AT&T’s blazing-fast 4G LTE network and this really changes the way you think about your mobile data.
Inside, the Xperia Ion sports a 1.5 GHz SnapDragon processor and all the other radios you’d expect including GPS and Bluetooth. There’s a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera that can record at 720p HD and the rear camera gives you all the 1080p goodness you’d want. There’s DLNA and the handset integrates with Sony televisions in exciting ways.
There’s no clear word on pricing or an exact release date, we’re not sure how AT&T’s 4G LTE will impact the battery life and it launching with Android 2.3 Gingerbread is kind of weak in an Ice Cream Sandwich world but the Sony Xperia Ion looks to be a killer device. No official word on pricing or a firm release date but let’s keep an eye on this thing.
Check out the video below and the gallery with some shots of the Sony branded Ion, as well as the HDMI dock and Bluetooth Smart Watch.