Sony brings good news to residents of countries without 4G LTE connectivity. Alongside the 4G LTE-enabled Sony Xperia Ion phone, the company is offering the Sony Xperia Ion HSPA variant. The HSPA phone however, will carry Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will be onboard the Sony Xperia Ion 4G LTE. Rumor has it, though, that Sony will roll out an Android 4.0 upgrade for the HSPA phone soon. Apart from the current OS, the features of the Sony Xperia Ion 4G LTE and the Sony Xperia Ion HSPA are pretty much the same.
The device sports a 4.6-inch HD Reality LCD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, LED backlighting, and Mobile Bravia Engine. This display recognizes multi-touch gestures up to four fingers and is protected by a scratch-resistant glass. Sony promises that light reflections are reduced on the screen and the image quality is crisp and clear.
Under the hood, it runs on a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon clocked at 1.5 GHz and an Adreno 220 GPU. Meanwhile, 16 GB of internal storage is onboard, which is expandable via micro SD up to 32 GB. This phone is powered by a 1900mAh battery which can run for around 10 to 12 hours.
Sony also boasts of a fast capture 12 MP camera that is able to record videos in HD quality. This camera delivers images in large resolution, specifically 4000 x 3000 pixels. It likewise possesses LED flash, autofocus, touch focus, smile detection, Geo-tagging, 3D sweep panorama, among others.
Connectivity options on the phone include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, and DLNA. The device also supports Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR. Wireless or wired sharing of content from the phone to an HD monitor or television is possible through DLNA or HDMI.
Its other features include a 3.55 mm audio jack, a micro SD card slot, NFC, and USB OTG support. The phone as well sports unlimited access to the Sony Entertainment Network which has loads of music and video content for Sony users.
Sony’s new Xperia Ion HSPA is a laudable initiative from a company that recognizes that not everyone in the world has access to 4G LTE signals as of now.
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