AT&T’s latest smartphone with 4G LTE is the Sony Xperia ion. This Android-based device also has a very high-res camera a large display, and a comparatively low price, but it’s somewhat hidden on AT&T’s web site.
The ion launched with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), an older version of Google’s operating system. An upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is a strong possibility, but it is unclear when that will be available.
This model has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at its heart. It includes 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage and the option to add up to 32GB more with a microSD card.
Other features include HDMI video-out, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Customers can get this phone in black or white.
Sony Is Back
This is the first model introduced in the U.S. since Sony bought Ericsson out from their partnership. Sony was once a powerhouse of the PDA business, but has never been a significant player in the smartphone market, but it would clearly like to be — the company has promised to heavily advertise the ion.
The Sony Xperia ion sells for $100 with a two-year service contract. It is available in AT&T stores and this carrier’s website, although a slight bug makes it harder to find than it should be — there’s no currently category for Sony models, so shoppers need to pick this model out of the full list of all Android smartphones available, or they can look in the carrier’s 4G LTE category.