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The Sony PlayStation Phone – Xperia Play

The Sony PlayStation Phone – Xperia Play


The highly anticipated Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone has finally received a hands on video demo, as well as an expected date for its official unveiling.

The PlayStation gaming orientated handset has currently been dubbed the Xperia Play, and is expected grace the stage at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 14-17th February.

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Sony PlayStation Xperia Play

Folks over at the gadget and technology blog Engadget, got their hands on a working prototype and kindly filmed a little demo for all to drool over. Even though it’s an early version, it’s said to be running pretty smooth and stable – much better than the X10.

The Xperia Play features a 4-inch multitouch LCD with a resolution of 845 x 480. At the core is apparently a Qualcomm MSM8655 that clocks in at 122.88Mhz – 1GHz; an Adreno 205 GPU runs the graphics and 512MB of RAM keeps everything running smooth on its Google Android Gingerbread OS.

The phone is also supposed to feature Sony’s famous Bravia TV engine for supreme picture quality.

As you can see from the video, there are a few problems that need addressing – namely the fact that there are no native games or an app to download any – but no doubt SE will make the necessary tweaks before its release.

In this second clip, the Engadget guys managed to get some games working using emulator apps…

The direction pad and gaming controls are set up much the same as Sony’s classic dual shock controllers, except there’s just one shoulder button each side, instead of two.

The 1500mAh battery, which is actually interchangeable with the X10, is claimed to last up to a full day’s worth of periodic gaming or Internet browsing via 3G, with plenty of juice to shoot lots of pics per charge via on its 5 megapixel camera. There are slots for both SIM card and microSD card, which can be hot swapped without removing the battery.

In the model that Engadget reviewed the Wi-Fi didn’t work. However, that’s more than likely just a fault with the drivers, as the phone does include a Broadcom BCM4329 wireless chip which is capable of 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and FM receiving and transmitting.

Still no official word on a release date or pricing, but that should all become clear in the not too distant future.

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