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July 11, 2012

Sony launches Xperia Ion at Php29,990

Sony Philippines today launched two new handsets today — the Xperia Ion and the Xperia Neo L. Of the two, the Sony Xperia Ion is the flagship handset and will retail for Php29,990 when it hits retail stores next week.

According to one Sony Mobile Marketing Manager we talked to, the Xperia Ion that will be released in the Philippine is LTE-capable. However, it supports the 700MHz and 1700MHz frequency while the expected band that will be rolled out by Smart LTE is said to be in the 2100MHz range.

Nevertheless, if you bring this handset in the US, it should be able to run on AT&T’s LTE network (which runs on 700MHz and 2100MHz).

Sony Xperia Ion LTE LT28h specs:
4.6″ HD Reality Display @ 720×1280 pixels, 323ppi
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz dual-core
Adreno 220 graphics
1GB RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
HSDPA 21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.8Mbps, LTE Cat3 50Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
NFC
FM Radio tuner
12MP autofocus, rear camera w/ LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera w/ 720 video recording 30fps
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1900mAh Li-Ion battery
144 grams (weight)
133 x 68 x 10.8mm (dimensions)

While the released units will still be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the ICS update will happen sometime in middle of August.

The units shown to the media today were all running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

You can read our full review of the Sony Xperia Ion here.

Sony Xperia ION unboxed, in the flesh
Sony Xperia Ion LTE Review

20 Responses to “Sony launches Xperia Ion at Php29,990”

  1. Jam says:

    It sucks the fact that it has to be a dual-core. -_-

  2. miongb
    Twitter: miongb
    says:

    epic fail na naman ito ng sony. di na natuto. sa ganyang presyo, kukuha nako ng s3 o one x!

  3. coachjojoc says:

    Ibuka + Morita = Wozniak + Jobs YES

    SONY = APPLE NO

  4. price is very high. I’d rather buy iPhone 4S than this.

  5. Wakman says:

    magrerelease pa ng LTE capable handset yung di pa magagamit.. epic fail..

  6. Dens Leary says:

    sayang ganda pa naman ng design ng sony. They always do these kind of things – delayed release and below standard specs for a flagship device (quadcore should be a must these days specially if they will price it like that).
    Imagine next week pa ang release and yet hindi pa din ICS, indeed another wrong move from sony, too bad i really like their design.

  7. Marco says:

    Sir Yuga, did Sony mention the SRP of Xperia Neo L? I guess this cannot be pricier than Xperia U since it’s a step-down in terms of hardware despite its ICS flavor.

  8. garz says:

    Sony, Sony, Sony.. A dual-core phone with Adreno 220 for 30,000 bucks? At that price we can already buy a quad-core phone. What a failure.

  9. Seph says:

    The fact na Dual core lang siya? – Take note po natin na kht dual core siya eh eh it’s still under the hood of Snapdragon S3 version which is quite promising compared to other chip manufacturing, compared sa ibang company “SONY” is still the one which gives effort to give the latest OS for their phones not just Yelling to the public na “they will update the device in later months, na sa bandang huli eh babawiin lang pala, kesyo ganito, kesyo ganyan,” – i’ve not an Sony Avid follower but based on my experience in their device like (x10i from donut to Gingerbread and Arc S from gingerbread to ICS” they also the one na nag-gigive up ng mga nilagay nila na bloatware in exchange for the new os that their promise.

  10. paul e. says:

    Another new touchscreen slab… Ho-hum…

    I miss clamshells. ;)

  11. Guest says:

    Ano ba talaga? LT28h nakalagay tapos LTE capable?
    LT28h model ay HSPA+ version, no LTE!

  12. Guest says:

    LT28i po yung LTE enabled
    LT28h ay HSPA+ lang.

    • yuga says:

      In the review article we linked to, the reference was LT28i which is LTE-capable. The unit demoed to us today which has ICS installed is the LT28h which is HSPA+. However, the Marketing Manager we talked to told us they will release the LTE-capable model as well.

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