Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion specs – the archetype for 2012

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We are still coming to terms with some of the amazing things we have seen at CES 2012, today we thought we would talk about the recently unveiled Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion specifications and explain why we think this should be considered as an archetype for all 2012 high-end Anroid-based smartphones.

Lots of the specs which the Ion boasts have been seen in previous smartphones, but to see all of these things come together in one device shows us just what we can expect from devices in 2012, also if a smartphone doesn’t meet these specs we question whether it can still be regarded as a high-end device in this day and age. The Ion runs Android and for obvious reasons we can only say this is an archetype for Android smartphones as alternative software platforms can run perfectly on much lower spec hardware.

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In 2012 we believe that manufacturers who release high-end Android smartphones should look at the Xperia Ion as a benchmark, it features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 720p display (screen size is not greatly important in our opinion), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (with support for microSD cards), HDMI-out and a 12.1 megapixel camera which can capture 1080p Full HD video. Obviously WiFi, Bluetooth and some form of 4G connectivity are all essential features these days, also we think that anything under 4-inches in terms of display size wouldn’t work with such a high-resolution panel, but in terms of performance hardware the Xperia Ion has everything an Android smartphone needs in 2012.

The only thing which disappoints us about the Xperia Ion is the software platform, it runs Android 2.3 out-of-the-box and Ice Cream Sandwich has been promised – we would much prefer it to ship with ICS as a fresh new smartphone should boast the latest Android version to kick-start the year – do you agree?

You can see a full breakdown of Xperia Ion tech specs over at SonyEricsson.com, do you think that this should be seen as a benchmark for high-end Android smartphones this year?