They’ve sure took their time, but, with the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony Mobile has finally released its first flagship phone of the year. Available as an AT&T exclusive, the Xperia Ion can be had for $99.99 on a two-year contract. The price has been admittedly set pretty low to attract buyers, but an even better deal awaits if you get the Xperia Ion elsewhere.
Best Buy has a particularly sweet deal on the Sony Xperia Ion. If you head over to the retailer’s website, you can purchase the phone for $49.99, regardless if you’re a new customer or an upgrading customer. Buying the Xperia Ion without a contract will set you back $549.99.
The Sony Xperia Ion comes with a display that matches the top offerings from Samsung and HTC, but the phone unfortunately fails to compete in the processing department. The Ion has to make do with a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S3 processor of yesteryear. But if you can look past that, the rest of the specs are actually quite alluring.
You’ll get a 4.6-inch 720p HD display with Mobile BRAVIA engine, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, up to 32GB expandable storage, 12MP rear camera with Exmor R and 1080p HD video recording, 1MP HD front camera, 4G LTE support, Sony PlayStation certification, and NFC. Not so alluring is the Android 2.3 Gingerbread you’ll still find running on the phone, but that’s set to change.
Any fans of the Sony Xperia Ion out there?
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I’ll need to take a closer look to this phone. I’ve used Sony (Ericsson) forever and currently (suffering) through the xperia X10. I can say that the fact that Gingerbread is the out-the-door option is VERY dissapointing, the battery life is ok because in my case I keep the 3G/4G dissabled 95% of the time, only the Wi-Fi. The small menu, home, back buttons seem to be pretty small indeed, especially comming from actual buttons on the X10.
So for $50 with so many “bad” reviews I’ve seen around is a fair price to pay… the 2-Yr contract is questionable, however, I know for a fact (experience w/ the X10) that AT&T can reduce the contract to 1Yr only if the phone turns out to be a total disaster.