The Sony Xperia Ion a single SIM android 4.0 powered high end handset is now available via Snapdeal for Rs. 35,999 with some special offers. Cash on delivery option is also available.
Sony Xperia Ion was in news in July and we expected the price tag to be over Rs. 30,000. This ICS handset is powered by a dual core processor from Qualcomm Scorpion clocked at 1.5GHz. The display screen is a bit larger at 4.6 inches and the phone is loaded with a high res 12MP primary camera.
This powerhouse handset comes with good features and the pricing is about 2K to 3K cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S3. Snapdeals are offering 2 DTH connections for free which is worth Rs. 2,500. So probably we could see the handset price dropping further by around 2K or more. For now it does not make sense to go in for Sony Xperia Ion when the Galaxy S3 is available for a minimal price difference, unless you are happy with the DTH offer.
The Xperia Ion comes with Adreno 220 GPU, the 4.6 inch capacitive touchscreen display supports 1280×720 pixels with 16M colour. Display screen features – Bravia Engine technology, Pinch to zoom, Auto rotation, Gesture input, scratch resistant and screenshot capturing.
Other highlight is the 12 megapixel primary camera that can record full HD videos with 16x zoom. There is a front camera too of 1.3 megapixel resolution. Camera features are LED flash support, auto focus, face detection, scene recognition, timer and smile shot – to name a few.
The handset weighs 144 grams with 10.6mm thickness; it comes with 1GB RAM and 12.9GB of internal storage available for the user. Micro SD is also supported (32GB max). The 1900 mAh battery gives standby time of about 350 hours and talktime of about 4 hours on 3G networks, even more if you are using the 2G network only.
Sony Xperia Ion Key Features and Specifications
- 1.5 GHz dual core – Qualcomm Scorpion with Adreno 220 GPU.
- 1GB RAM, 12.9 GB internal free storage and microSD support.
- Android 4.0 (ICS) – probably Sony will offer a free upgrade to Jelly Bean.
- 1280×720 pixels on a 4.6 inch capacitive touchscreen display.
- 12MP rear AF camera, 1.3MP front camera, LED flash, 16x zoom (digital), HD and Full HD video recording.
- 3G (21.1Mbps – HSDPA, 5.8Mbps – HSPA), 2G (EDGE/GPRS), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot / USB tethering, 3.5 mm Jack, DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, FM radio, Media player (multi format), xLoud Audio filter and micro USB.
- Sensors: Gyroscope, Proximity, Magnetometer, Accelerometer and ambient light.
- 1900 mAh battery with Standby time = 350 to 400 hours and Talktime = 4 hours (3G) / 10 hours (2G)
- Price: Rs. 35,999 with offer available from Snapdeal (colour options Red and Black).