Sony Xperia Ion Smartphone Arrives with Impressive Specs

January 10, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

So many things are happening at the CES venue inLas Vegas. Among them is Sony announcing their plans to introduce the first Sony-branded smartphone on the AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

The Xperia Ion has a cool 1280×720 display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor on the inside and 16GB of internal storage. Want to know more about the device? Read on.

For one thing, the specs are impressive. It does not look or feel big for its 4.6 inch screen size. A rounded back would have made this one easier to handle. Also we could be looking at some high quality screens, thanks to the force of the Bravia brand behind Sony’s phones. How the battery life will be on those phones is another matter.

The screen is very responsive, so are the sleep and the volume buttons on the side. The phone has a 12 megapixel camera which Sony boasts can go from launch to the first shot in 1.5 seconds.

The Xperia Ion can be fitted in a dock and be used with a large display, which gives a similar experience as the media side of the webtop experience Motorola launched earlier in the year including ability to send text messages, play music, and view photos.

The phone can be controlled with the TV’s remote, and Sony says that it would work with any TV’s remote; not just Sony’s. However, the phone also displays a browsing app on the TV, which can’t be used without a keyboard worked into the mix.

Now, to the not so really good things. The navigation button along the bottom of the phone is rather unresponsive. Those soft buttons are stylized with an underscoring light; you seem to have better luck tapping at the light than the icon itself. You have to learn how to use them.

And there’s another thing.  There is no mention of an upgrade trajectory to Android 4 as yet. Well, it is not something to be happy about.

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