Sony, previously known as Sony Ericsson, unveiled the Sony Xperia Ion Android based LTE smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The device is iconic in many ways. The fact that it is the first smartphone to be launched under the new Sony brand and is the first Sony device to come with 4G LTE support adds to its glamour.
Sony has really put a lot into this new smartphone, launched as a part of US wireless carrier AT&T's new line-up of 4G LTE devices.
The Sony Xperia Ion comes with a 4.6-inch HD display with resolution of 1,280x720 pixels. However, the device does not come with the much sought after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Cream and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead, reports The Register.
Apart from that little snag, the device has much to offer in terms of hardware and features. Sony has fitted the smartphone with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and 16 GB of on-board storage.
The Xperia Ion is also the first smartphone to come with two HD cameras. In the rear, the device has a 12MP camera with LED flash, that is capable of HD video recording and other features like smile and face detection and panorama mode. The front facing camera is also capable of recording video at 720p.