Xperia Play: The “PlayStation Phone”

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Launch

When rumors spread of a “PlayStation Phone” a lot of ears started twitching – mine included. I’ve been on a constant search for more information ever since. Some leaks later sprang up showing the device, then codenamed “Zeus” running Gingerbread (Android 2.3). I wasn’t surprised to see that it looked very much like the PSP Go – more like I actually expected it. It also had a hint of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz. Despite the utter lack of any PlayStation branding upfront the obviously PlayStation-esque controller buttons just give it away. More info after the break.

Now known officially known as the Xperia Play, the device is slated for official launch on the 13th of this month! As far as I know the Xperia Play comes with a 4-inch multitouch LCD with 854 x 480 resolution similar to the Xperia X10’s screen. The CPU that makes this baby tick is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon  and it’s coupled with an Adreno 205 GPU and 512MB RAM. The device is fitted with a Broadcom BCM4329 wireless combo chipset similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s which gives it Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, wireless a/b/g/n standards and FM. It is powered by a 1500mAh battery which can be interchanged with the X10. The camera takes 5 megapixel shots and can shoot 720p videos. It also comes with a GPS chip.

Software-wise, as mentioned in the former paragraph, this device boasts Gingerbread and it comes with the also recently revealed PlayStation Suite. Designed for gaming from day one, I can see this nifty device being used not only for Playstation Suite games but also for the numerous emulators out in the Android Market – in my opinion nothing beats real hardware buttons when it comes to gaming but with some indirect competition to the more powerful Sony NGP (which is also PlayStation Suite compatible), we just can’t say how successful this phone might become after launch.

Sony Ericsson has released a rather creepy video teaser. You’ll find the video below:


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