Remember that Android-powered Playstation Phone that was rumored back in August? Consider it a done deal since Engadget just posted a gallery of new pics that show off a prototype version of the upcoming gaming phone.
Most of the details haven’t changed, but we now have a clearer picture of the specs. The Sony Ericsson made phone will feature a display between 3.7-4.1 inches, a second-gen 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8655), 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 5 megapixel camera with flash, and custom gaming controls.
If the processor looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same one HTC has been using for their new high-end Android phones including the Desire HD, myTouch 4G, and rumored Incredible HD. Even though HTC and Sony Ericsson are using the same Qualcomm platform, HTC’s devices might run a little faster thanks to the boost in RAM (768 MB).
The prototype Playstation phone appears to be running a stock version of Android 2.2, but it is reported to ship with Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Engadget says a 2011 release is most likely, but there is a small chance it could ship in 2010. This tells me the hardware is ready and Sony Ericsson might just be working on getting the latest software up and running. Sony Ericsson doesn’t have a very good track record with providing Android software updates, so hopefully this Playstation phone will have Gingerbread out of the box.
No carrier launch partners were mentioned, but I would have to place my money on AT&T. The carrier was the only one in the U.S. to pick up the Xperia X10 and they have a long history with Sony Ericsson. Both companies also have their headquarters located in Atlanta, so it must make teaming up on a device like this easier.
Overall I think the design of the Playstation Phone looks pretty slick, but I’m a little shocked by the Qualcomm processor. The second-gen Snapdragons can certainly hold their own with the best of the single-core CPUs, but everyone knows we have dual-core CPUs just a couple months away that will offer 5x the graphical performance. If Sony Ericsson wanted to launch THE gaming phone, it’s a little disappointing they won’t be using the latest and greatest platform for gaming.
What are your thoughts about purchasing a gaming phone from Sony Ericsson? Are the Playstation branding and gaming controls enough to win you over? Do you think Qualcomm’s second-generation Snapdragon has some staying power, or will it be overshadowed by faster dual-core CPUs early next year?