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The device's 4.6-inch touchscreen displays images and video at a resolution of 1280x720p that is further enhanced by Sony's mobile Bravia Engine technology. Sony's latest smartphone is also PlayStation-certified, which means that it is capable of being used as a high-quality mobile gaming platform.
"The hardware is optimized to deliver an exceptional gaming experience and users will have future access to PlayStation titles as the catalog is developed," AT&T said in a statement.
The U.S. wireless carrier did not respond immediately to an e-mail requesting clarification about other capabilities and features, such as which version of Android will be shipping with the new device. The phone reportedly will be running Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread, rather than Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich.
In addition to sporting a front-facing camera that also doubles as a high-definition video camcorder, the Xperia ion is equipped with a lower-resolution rear-facing camera for supporting video chat sessions.
The Xperia ion is also designed to connect at 4G LTE speeds to Sony Entertainment's unlimited music and video services. The device's HDMI port and built in DLNA technology also enables users to connect their new Sony smartphone to compatible monitors and TV sets.