CES 2012: Sony Xperia Ion drops Ericsson, adds LTE, HD and 12MP camera

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Sony’s Xperia Ion handset cruised into the limelight at CES 2012 today, hitting the AT&T network in Q2 of this year.

Packing a large 4.6 inch display running at a HD resolution of 1280 x 720, the handset also delivers nifty photography skills thanks to a 12-megapixel Exmor R camera, also capable of recording 1080p. In a not-to-be-sniffed-at added bonus, the front facing camera can also record 720p, if you’re looking to make some HD vanity videos.

Running Android Gingerbread, the smartphone is also PlayStation certified meaning that you’ll get access to retro PS One games, with the device also offering HDMI output and DNLA streaming. A 1.5GHz dual core processor, LTE connectivity and 16GB of internal memory rounds off the spec sheet.

An impressive showing for one of the company’s first phones to drop the Ericsson moniker since the two firms spilt, no word yet on pricing, UK release date, or any potential Ice Cream Sandwich Android updates.

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Gerald Lynch