Sony Announces Xperia Ion with 12MP Camera and Support for 4G LTE

Sony has also introduced its first 4G LTE device, Sony Xperia Ion, at the CES. The device will be offered through AT&T in United States. Xperia Ion sports a larger 4.6-inch (1280 × 720 pixels) HD display, 16GB of built-in flash storage and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

The most impressive feature we have found in the gadget is its 12-megapixel HD camera, which even beats the popular iPhone 4S’s 8-megapixel camera. Moreover, the Xperia Ion is a pretty fast shooter as well, clocking in at less than two seconds per shot and that too back-to-back. One can also expect to have a secondary HD front-facing camera as well, which would be capable of stills and video in up to 720p. In addition to this, both front and rear camera are supposed to feature many typical characteristics, such as face recognition, smile capture, panorama etc.

In addition to all these specs, the new Sony Xperia Ion also includes a support for specifically ported PlayStation games (PlayStation certified), like the Xperia PLAY and the Sony Entertainment Network that includes the Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited streaming/rental services. However, the bad news about this gadget is the fact that it will offer with a relatively older (almost a year old) Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Reportedly, Sony is preparing for an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, but when it is going to be rolled out, not known yet.

The handset also shows support for HD screen sharing via DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync. Sony is certainly trying to make impression in the rapidly growing smartphone market and it is pretty much capable of doing so.

Not to forget the fact that it is the first smartphone advertised under the name Sony instead of Sony Ericsson.

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