Xperia ion is Sony's latest PlayStation-Certified smartphone

Verizon already has the Xperia Play, and now AT&T has the Xperia ion. Revealed today during CES, this PlayStation-Certified smartphone -- meaning it has access to "entertainment services from Sony Entertainment Network" -- has a 4.6 inch HD Reality display (no slide-out game pad here!) with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine capable of 720p HD. Under the hood is a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 16GB of flash storage. Sandwiching the outside are two cameras: a 1080p lens in the rear, and a 720p front-facing camera.

The ion will be available exclusive through AT&T sometime in the second quarter of this year.
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Xperia ion revealed – first LTE smartphone from Sony available exclusively from AT&T

January 9, 2012, Las Vegas, Nev. – Xperia™ ion, the first LTE smartphone from Sony®*, was introduced today at the 2012 International CES and will be available exclusively in the U.S. from AT&T in the second quarter.

Xperia ion from Sony enables easy connectivity with multiple screens for consumers looking to share and enjoy content on whichever screen they choose, whether it's TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Xperia ion from Sony has a stunning 4.6-inch HD display (1280 X 720 pixels) that provides a visual brilliance for superior viewing experiences. For photo enthusiasts, Xperia ion features a new Fast Capture innovation to make sure life's unexpected moments are not missed: the HD camera goes from standby mode to first shot in 1.5 seconds.1 The impressive images taken with the 12-megapixel rear camera are unmatched by any other Android smartphone. Additionally, both rear- and front-facing cameras deliver HD recording capabilities.

"With Xperia ion, we're bringing together several firsts that will take users beyond the smartphone," said Paul Hamnett, President, Sony Ericsson North America. "Designed to deliver a seamless experience across the multiple screens we use to play, watch, listen, and share, Xperia ion is the gateway to entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it."

Xperia ion users will be able to access the richest entertainment experiences from Sony Entertainment Network**. Music Unlimited offers a global catalogue of 15 million unique songs while Video Unlimited has the latest Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows from all major studios***.

Xperia ion is also PlayStation™ Certified, guaranteeing a high quality smartphone gaming experience.****

Xperia ion is launching on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Key Features for Xperia ion:

· 4.6-inch HD Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine with HD resolution screen (1280 x 720), as well as rear (1080p) and front (720p) cameras for HD recording.

· 1.5GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 16GB flash storage.

· 12MP rear camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile with fast-capture to go from standby to first shot in less than two seconds.

· HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA Sync to quickly and easily stream content on other screens.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.