Back at CES, AT&T announced the Sony Xperia Ion, which was slated to release sometime in the second quarter of 2012. Since then, both AT&T and Sony have remained mum regarding this Xperia heavy-hitter, but it appears that a change could be on the horizon. The Xperia Ion has materialized in the bowels of the FCC and, sure enough, it’s sporting the 1,700MHz and 700MHz bands needed to play nice with AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

In addition to wearing a throwback Sony Ericsson label, the Xperia Ion also lists 1,700MHz 3G, which appears to be related to AT&T’s now defunct plan to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. There’s nothing here that suggests that the Ion is coming soon to an AT&T store near you, but FCC clearance shows that this device hasn’t been forgotten and hopefully it will be ready for retail sooner than later. For those of you that are still having trouble remembering the Xperia Ion, check out its specification list below as a quick refresher.

  • 4.6-inch HD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera with Exmor R for mobile
  • PlayStation Certification
  • Android 2.3 with promise upgrade to Android 4.0
[via: FCC]