Unveiled way back in January at CES, the Sony Xperia Ion caught our attention with its stylish design and (supposedly) capable camera from the get-go. However, months passed since we’ve last heard about AT&T’s future exclusive phone, so we kind of started to forget about it.

A recent rumor ignited by a trivial Google ad points towards a June launch for the Xperia Ion. That would be the kind of good news we were waiting to hear for a while, but then again, this is just a rumor, so you shouldn’t be very surprised if it proves inaccurate.

That being said, the advertisement clearly stated that the Sony Xperia Ion will be “coming exclusively to AT&T in June”, as you can see from the screenshot below:

Unfortunately, we still don’t have any clue about the gadget’s pricing, the detail that will most likely make or break the device. I say that because the Xperia Ion has a few touches of originality here and there, but in terms of raw performance, it will not stand a chance in a direct “duel” with this year’s superstars, the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

If you happened to miss this big guy’s unveiling in January, let’s mention that the Xperia Ion will be powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor and will feature a 4.55-inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board memory, and a 12 MP rear-facing camera.

As you can notice, the display and the rear-facing shooter are set to be impressive as heck, but in terms of software things might not be that good. Sony announced that it will be shipping AT&T’s device with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, which is disappointing. An Android 4.0 update is “planned” and will be hitting the phone “soon after its release”, but there’s no way to know exactly when will that happen.

Stay tuned on our website to find out everything there is to know about the Sony Xperia’s Ion pricing and availability.  In the meantime, please tell us if this phone is on your shopping list for this summer. What would be a fair price for AT&T to ask for the Ion?

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