updated 06:42 am EDT, Wed June 13, 2012
Sony's latest flagship Xperia ion HSPA revealed
Sony is continuing its strong push for a greater slice of the Android smartphone market with the unveiling of the Xperia ion HSPA (LT28h) for global markets. The new smartphone positions itself above the Xperia S in Sony’s line-up and centers on a 1080p high-resolution display, as the video embedded below highlights. However, unlike the 4G LTE variant headed to AT&T, this version is designed for 3G networks.
Although it will launch with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) it is slated for an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in Q3. Like its 4G variant, it will still be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 ‘Krait’ dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. RAM is set at 1GB while internal storage is 16GB, but is expandable with the inclusion of an microSD card slot.
It packs a 12-megapixel shooter with Exmor R sensor for better low-light photos on the rear and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. It also incorporates a larger than average 1900mAh battery. It is available with its aluminum case colored in red or black hues.