The international version of Xperia ion has finally been officially released in India. Although the smartphone has been up for orders at various retailers across the country, Sony announced the Xperia ion only today.
Sony announced the Xperia ion will be available for purchase in India for a suggested retail price of Rs 36,999 (665 USD or 540 EUR) outright.
However, some Indian retailers
are already offering the smartphone for a slightly cheaper Rs 35,999 (645 USD or 525 EUR) price off-contract.
We also expect the Xperia ion
will go even cheaper in early September, soon after Sony announces its new Android flagship smartphone at IFA 2012.
Initially launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system out of the box, Sony India confirmed the Xperia ion will be launched in the country with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onboard.
Customers who were wondering if they might have to wait until Sony released an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for Xperia ion will be happy to know that they won’t need it after all.
Unlike the US model which features LTE, the international version
of Xperia ion comes with HSPA+ (42Mbps) and HSUPA (5.76Mbps) support.
Aside from that there are no differences between the two models, so expect the international Xperia ion to come with the same 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, which is accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
Furthermore, the phone boasts a stunning 4.55-inch LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution and features scratch-resistant glass.
There’s also an impressive 12-megapixel main camera on the back, which features autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a secondary 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video calls.
Sony Xperia ion packs 13GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via micrSD memory card. Keep in mind that this smartphone only supports microSIM cards.