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The Sony Xperia Ion is now official as Sony Philippines launched the 4.6-inch brother of their Sony Xperia S last Wednesday along with the Sony Xperia Neo L.

It’s almost like the Sony Xperia S in terms of specs and power but with two main differences aside from its screen size. One is a microSD slot and second, is its LTE support. A thing of note though, this phone won’t work in this country’s LTE due to the different LTE frequency it supports. It will still support HSPA+ though which is why Sony decided to bring it here, and you can also use it with AT&T’s LTE if you decide to bring it to the US.

Rounding up the feature list, you will get an HD 4.6-inch display with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with the aforementioned microSD slot, and a 12-megapixel camera using Sony’s Exmor R lens for mobile. It also runs on Android Gingerbread but Sony is expecting the Ice Cream Sandwich update next month.

This phone is not only slightly bigger than the Xperia S but also slightly heavier due to the combination of high-quality plastic and metal portions on its body. It also lacks the transparent strip that gives the Xperia S, P, and U the striking trait of a Sony NXT phone. Anyway, the Xperia Ion is still one good-looking phone that feels solid to use.

The Sony Xperia Iion will be available starting July 21 with a suggested retail price of Php29,990, a bit pricey in my opinion when you can already get quality quad-core Android phones for less.

Sony Xperia Ion Specs:
1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
Adreno 220 GPU
4.6″ Reality display with the Mobile Bravia Engine (1280 x 720 resolution)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, up to 32GB microSD
12-megapixel Exmor-R camera
1080 Full HD video recording at 30fps
1.3-megapixel front camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, NFC
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
HDMI port
GPS w/ aGPS support
132.0 × 68.0 × 10.6 mm
1900mAh Li-Ion battery
SRP: Php29,990
Source: PinoyTechBlog