SmartDock for Xperia ion: HDMI multimedia docking station

by XB on 15th January 2012

in Accessories, Videos, Xperia ion


SmartDock for Xperia ionSony (Ericsson) likes to accompany its phones with docking stations. The Xperia PLAY had the DK300 Multimedia Dock, whilst the rest of the 2011 Xperia line-up were catered for by the LiveDock multimedia station. It looks like at least one of the new 2012 Xperia handsets won’t be left in the cold either. Sony announced the SmartDock docking station for the Xperia ion at CES 2012.

The SmartDock is broadly similar to the LiveDock docking station, although it has one main difference – the inclusion of an HDMI port. This means that you can dock the Xperia ion into the SmartDock station, connect it via HDMI to your TV and look at photos, watch videos, listen to music or even connect a keyboard/mouse using the two onboard USB ports. It also, obviously, will charge your phone too.

As with the 2011 Xperia phones, you could also control the Xperia ion from your TV remote as long as your TV HDMI port is CEC compatible. There is no word whether a similarly compatible dock will be made for the Xperia S, although we’d be very surprised if Sony didn’t have something in the works. In the meantime, check out some hands-on videos of the Xperia ion SmartDock below.

SmartDock for Xperia ion

SmartDock for Xperia ion

  • DeniE46

    Sony MUST release a version for Xperia S too.

  • I doubt we’ll get something like this for the Xperia S. The ion has the HDMI and USB-port on the same side, the Xperia S doesn’t. This makes it basically impossible. We’re stuck using the Livedock.

  • DeniE46

    I think that if the HDMI is removed from the dock, we can attach S

  • Anonymous

    I hate when SE make something like this, even the Live Dock is not a dock by it self, the dock should hold the phone and automatically connect it, not connect using a cable…

    Sony can solve this problem by using standard position for microHDMI or microUSB like the center of the left side, then they can eather enable MHL on that port ( to enable charging and connection from the same cable ) or they can have normal microHDMI and enable wireless charging, so no need to connect the microUSB port or to have MHL… which I’ll personally like it more as it is a standard…

    BTW, considering Sony moved to non-user-replaceable battery I suggest it to enable wireless charging built in in the phone or as an optional back cover… the optional back cover is better idea as it will allow 3rd party battery makers to provide bigger battery packs for these phone…

  • Anonymous

    It would be a shame if they didn’t bring and Xperia S dock to market.  The one for the XPlay is missing the HDMI function but it was very useful – turning the phone into a nice, functional alarm clock / radio alarm.

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