The Sony Xperia Ion is apparently set to continue its world tour through the remainder of this year. Despite being initially announced as an AT&T-exclusive during CES in January, we’ve already seen the Ion pop up in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and France is next on the list. That despite the fact that AT&T still hasn’t released it. Irony at its best, one might conclude.
The Xperia Ion will arrive in France in September, according to Sony itself speaking at MedPi 2012 in Monaco. Yet unlike the Ion announced for AT&T (and still MIA), this will drop the LTE support in favor of some HSPA+ action.
It’s anyone’s guess at this point what Sony’s strategy is with the Ion. It was supposed to be an LTE-only, AT&T-only smartphone. The international version of it was basically called Xperia S. And is already available.
Perhaps the Japanese company decided that having one flagship Android smartphone in the global market simply wasn’t enough. That would certainly explain the existence of the Acro S too.
Anyway, unfortunately we don’t yet know how much the Ion will cost in France, but don’t expect it to be cheap.