Rumors of a PlayStation phone first surfaced back in August and then the leaks began to appear over the last couple of months. The device, now being called the Xperia Play, is widely expected to be announced at next month’s MWC in Barcelona and now Engadget got their hands on an early unit for an exclusive preview.
The Xperia Play is will ship with Android 2.3 and features a 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480 LCD, 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM8655), 5 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, stereo speakers, and dedicated game controls. The phone looks a little on the thick side, but I guess that’s the price you pay for having a DualShock-style gamepad and shoulder buttons.
Games are expected to be managed by a PlayStation Pocket app, but it was not fully functional in this prototype.
As awesome as the phone looks, I can’t help but be disappointed by Sony Ericsson’s choice to go with the single-core Snapdragon which features the Adreno 205 GPU. Given the estimated launch window for the Xperia Play, it would have been nice if they went with a next-generation dual-core CPU that featured a faster GPU. There is no doubt that the Xperia Play will have some killer games, but it looks like even better games will be available for Tegra 2 devices.
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