Sony Xperia Ion may hit Taiwan this week
Still no definite sign of when it may hit the US
Published: 25 April, 2012
First announced at CES back in January not a lot has been heard about the Xperia Ion since Sony revealed it to the world. Now it looks like it might be arriving earlier than expected, in Taiwan at least. The website ePrice is reporting that as of April 26 the Ion is going to be available there though it doesn't seem to have a clear idea of how much it's going to cost when it gets there. The news is unexpected as it was thought the Ion was a US exclusive and boasts LTE connectivity as a key feature, something which won't help in the LTE-less Taiwan.
However it still offers a 4.6" display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor and an Adreno 220GPU. As well as this there's 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot to expand its storage. In the camera department it's packing a 1.3mp front-facing camera and a 12mp snapper on the back. NFC is also included and though it is set to ship with Android 4.0 installed an upgrade is due to follow its release.
This Thursday will tell whether the Ion is Taiwan bound for sure but those in the US awaiting its arrival can expect to get it around May/June at AT&T. It looks like it's going to arrive sooner rather than later at the carrier as this week the phone has been certified by the CGF (global certification forum) indicating that a launch isn't far off.
Though we may not have heard much about the Ion since it was officially announced there's been plenty of news surrounding Sony's other new Xperia handsets the S, P and U. The Ion is the best spec'd of the bunch however, with similar hardware to the S but a larger display. There's still no indication of what it's going cost but it's definitely not set to be an affordable offering.