Finally, after months of leaking, waiting and teasing, the first multicore smartphone from Sony comes for a fact. And it is landing exclusively on AT&T's LTE network, just to spice things up.
The phone that got popular under the codename Nozomi, will be called the Sony Xperia ion on the carrier, and feature 4.6" HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 16GB of internal memory, plus a whopping 12MP camera with Exmor R sensor.
Yes, you read that right, it is called just Sony Xperia ion, meaning that it is also the first announced device after Sony bought the Ericsson share out of the joint venture, and the first phone that is just Sony.
As was mentioned, the Sony Xperia ion will sport LTE connectivity, rounding up a pretty formidable Android high-end, which we can't wait to get our mitts on, and give this 12MP camera on the back the review treatment. Sony claims that it takes under two seconds to get the camera from standby mode to image capture, so speed will be on our side with the humongous 12MP sensor as well.
Availability of the Sony Xperia ion is scheduled for Q2, and the phone is initially going to come with Gingerbread, although the Android 4.0 update shouldn't be that far away afterwards.
The company touts that the phone will be PlayStation Certified, and will allow "effortless sharing of content with easy connectivity across multiple screens within the world of Sony", so the "four-screen" dream of the CEO Sir Howard Stinger is finally coming to fruition with the Xperia ion.