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:
4.6â€³ HD Reality Display @ 720Ã—1280 pixels, 323ppi
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz dual-core
Adreno 220 graphics
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
HSDPA 21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.8Mbps, LTE Cat3 50Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
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.