With the Xperia Ion trying to make some waves (or ripples) in the US, it’s only to be expected that Sony’s flagship phone will make its way across the border. The Japanese company has officially announced that the Xperia Ion will arrive on Canadian shores in summer, via various carriers and retailers.
Boasting a 4.6-inch display, the Xperia Ion is Sony’s first LTE offering. It comes with the same Snapdragon S3 processor and Adreno 220 GPU found on the Xperia S. And yes, the same Android 2.3 Gingerbread is what you’ll also find running on the phone. Here are the complete specs of the Xperia Ion:
- 4.6-inch HD Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine with 1280 x 720 resolution
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and Adreno 220 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage, up to 32GB microSD expansion slot
- 12MP rear shooter with Exmor R with HD recording
- 1.3MP front shooter
- HD sharing via DLNA, HDMI and Bravia Sync
While the list of carriers hasn’t been disclosed yet, Rogers has confirmed to Mobile Syrup that it will be carrying the Xperia Ion in Canada. If you’re somewhat displeased with the fact that the phone is only coming with Gingerbread out of the box, Sony has said that it will be upgradable to ICS. Unfortunately, no timeline for the update has been provided.
Another piece of information that is missing is the pricing of the phone. We’re guessing it won’t differ much from what the Ion is being sold for in the US. AT&T is currently offering the Sony Xperia Ion for $99.99 with a two-year contract.
If you’re cool with the choice of SoC and Android flavor that the Xperia Ion comes with, buying and registering the phone before the end of the year will score you a free 50GB of Box cloud storage. Interested?