Initially announced for the U.S. market, this morning Sony Mobile Germany followed Sony Mobile Italy and announced the upcoming launch of the Xperia ion, Sony's first Xperia LTE Android smartphone which will hit Europe without LTE but with quadband GSM/GPRS/EGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA only. Originally launched with Android 2.3 only, Sony hasn't lost a word which version its ion will run on if it hits European markets later this summer. Like its U.S. counterpart, the Xperia ion has a 4.6" 720p HD display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 16 GB flash storage.
For photo enthusiasts, the Xperia ion features Sony's new Fast Capture innovation which brings the 12 megapixel HD camera from standby mode to first shot in 1.5 seconds. Additionally, both rear- and front-facing cameras deliver HD recording capabilities. The Sony Ion comes with HD multimedia sharing through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync to quickly and easily stream content on other screens.
Sony Mobile Germany said that the Xperia ion will be available anytime Q3-2012 and comes in black and red. The suggested retail price without a contract is 549 Euro. A launch in further European markets is expected.
Cheers ~ Arne