The end of Sony Ericsson is here.
We knew that it was coming this year. But since the deal for Sony to acquire the Ericsson’s stake in their joint venture has not closed yet, we kinda expected for Sony Ericsson to live at least few more months. Apparently that won’t happen.
Today AT&T announced the new Sony Ericsson made LTE handset in its portfolio – Xperia ion. And the Ericsson name is already gone from all the promo materials. It’s all Sony now, with a small disclaimer that the ‘use of “Sony” brand is subject to regulatory approval’. I guess that by the time Sony Xperia ion ships in a month or three, Sony expects the deal to be approved and closed.
Sony Xperia ion itself looks pretty good and comes with:
- 4.6 inch HD resolution (1280 x 720) display
- 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 CPU
- Adreno™ 220 GPU, OpenGL
- 16GB of internal flash storage.
- 12 MP rear camera with Sony Exmor R™ for mobile with fast/capture to go from standby to first shot in 1.5 seconds and 1080p recording
- front camera with 720p recording
- GPS and Glonass support
- HD sharing through DLNA, HDMI and BRAVIA
- PlayStation™ Certified and access to entertainment services from Sony Entertainment Network, like Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited.
Knowing Sony Ericsson’s former experience with Cybershot photo flagships, Xperia ion camera quality should be among the best , if not THE best among Android smartphones. But we’ll have to wait for some reviews to be sure about that.
The bad news is that Sony Experia ion will not have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch. You will have to do with 2.3 Gingerbread version of the OS for a few months, until the upgrade arrives.
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