The Sony Xperia Ion, complete with Sony Ericsson's signature green bubble
Sony's Xperia Ion will arrive June 24, the company announced Thursday. The 4.6-inch phone will have a 1280x720 display and a 12-megapixel camera, but sadly, it will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
We first saw the Xperia Ion at CES in January, where it impressed us on some counts. This is the second phone Sony is launching on its own since it bought out the mobile division of Ericsson, the first being the Xperia S that launched in Europe in March.
The Xperia Ion's specs are pretty run-of-the-mill by now: 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 16GB of storage expandable by up to 32GB via microSD. But there are a couple of bright spots, like the front-facing 720p camera. Sony boasts that the phone can go from standby to first camera shot in 1.5 seconds, with a shot-to-shot time of less than one second. Sony says it plans to upgrade the phone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually, but provides no concrete dates for the upgrade.