Dec 13 AT 9:10 AM Anthony Domanico 52 Comments

Verizon prepping LTE-capable Xperia Play?


Yesterday we told you about the LG Spectrum, another Android phone headed to Verizon Wireless. Verizon is cranking out Android devices left and right, leading us to ask when they were going to put the brakes on in terms of releases. Rather than slowing down, Verizon seems to be kicking it into high gear and may soon be releasing yet another LTE-capable device in time for the holidays.

The folks over at Android Central were sent a document that shows Verizon is beginning an internal training program for an LTE-toting Xperia Play. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play debuted back in May as the world’s first Playstation phone.

Though sales of the Xperia Play haven’t turned many heads, Verizon is hoping that an LTE-capable version of the gaming phone will kick its sales into high gear this holiday season. We, of course, think the LTE Xperia Play will be overshadowed by another flagship phone, if Verizon actually manages to release it this year.


Source: Android Central

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  • dl22

    Just throw a LTE chip in a Sega Game Gear and call it a day!

    • Dan Jones

      I wish there was a Sega phone, instead of a Playstation phone, but sadly Sega’s been out of the console business for a few years.
      Maybe a Nintendo phone? An Android-powered 3DS? That would be pretty dang sweet.

      • alxrock

        A Nintendo phone would be a dream! Unfortunately Nintendo has no interest in mobile phones…..yet. I’m hoping that they change their mind with how strong the mobile gaming market is becoming.

        • DroidPWNsApple

          Nintendo is loosing out on major sales by not developing mobile games or getting into the mobile market physically IMO, maybe they will join in soon.

      • lxgeorge

        A 3DS that’s also a phone? That has a lot of potential……. I like it

        • BigCiX

          so people can start saying it’s a gimmick just like the EVO3D and Thrill.

  • zyphbear

    I think while a LTE version will be nice to have, it hasn’t really been the most successful product already even without the LTE. Will they update any other specs on the device? If not, I think they are better off releasing a new model with LTE instead of just revamping the old one.

  • stenzor

    Release all the phones!

  • taketheleap

    100 points to the photographer of the lead photo. That’s fantastic.

    • keridel

      i think angie does all the cool stuff :D

  • ramenchef

    Ugh, yet another phone on verizon? This will only serve to confuse their customers even more on what phone to get.

    • mmark27

      ditto. what a waste.

    • Dan Jones

      More choice is always good. They just need a good tool to help customers figure out which phone is best for them.

      • Anthony Domanico

        at this point, that’d be like a 100-page manifesto.

  • kest009

    meh, probably could use a total spec bump, not just LTE. I’m thinking cpu, gpu, and screen…

  • Crickerman

    They need to upgrade the specs… Even when it came out it was underwhelming ( Qualcomm soc with a last gen andreno gpu)

  • Luke

    I agree zyphbear, if they don’t update the specs and/or possibly release it with 4.0 then don’t even bother. If it had competitive specs though like say a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 or Tegra 3 with a 720p screen, 1GB RAM, LTE etc. The Exynos 5250 chip would be great because it will have the newest Mali GPU in it. I would seriously buy this if it was packing some crazy specs with a promise to upgrade to 4.0 or came with 4.0.

    • Conan Kudo

      If you want the promise to upgrade to 4.0, you’d want AT&T’s Xperia PLAY. Sony Ericsson confirmed that all GSM Xperia 2011 phones will get Android 4.0. VZW Xperia PLAY not invited.

  • Qrkchrm

    Sony should release a dual core version with a great graphics chip, like a SGX 543. This phone is too under powered to be a gaming phone when you can get a dual core phone anywhere nowadays.

    I love the concept though.

  • Danny Calderon

    I think Verizon is oversaturating their lineup, it wouldn’t be a problem if they sold most of the devices with stock android,

    • rekaviles

      That would be a problem. They would all look the same, giving them no reason to sell so many Androids.

      I say as long as they always have at least 1 or 2 stock, with the latest hardware, they’re doing it right.

  • thechad

    this is another element of OS Fragmentation

    • phaet2112

      If it works well for the person when you buy it, then no one cares about fragmentation. You can have what you want out of the box of chocolate and Ill have mine.

  • mikesuds

    They need to up the cpu and ram as well and this would be interesting.

  • tequilya

    This phone would be pretty cool for my son for Christmas, if only the required data plan didn’t torpedo the idea of a smartphone for all my brats. I really wish Verizon would unveil a family shared data plan already. Poor junior is relegated to a dumbphone until data plans aren’t so expensive per line.

  • Nathan D.

    Feel sorry for my friend that got on just recently.

  • Thomas Biard

    With LTE service, I bet playingo on the playstation network is quite smoothe. I think it would be awesome to have multiplayer games similar to console games, but on your portable device. Easy LAN parties.

  • securifirm

    One reason why my EVO 4G is now running Cyanogenmod. Not to mention that it’s much faster now then when running Sense.

  • Martjn2

    I heard, just an hour ago that SE sent out invitations to Ces i january. They said that they are going to show more than just one new xperia decvice. We all now about the xperia arc? HD (Nozomi) but what do you guys say if i think they will present wxperia play 2 with more similarities with the ps Vita. I Think that would be a nice move from sony when xbox 720 get a lot of attention right now. I’m so excited for Ces and MWC!!

  • DroidPWNsApple

    I think the Sony Ericsson is a sweet idea. I want my phone to be primarily for gaming. The joypads/game buttons makes my pants stiff. I would love to get an xperia as long as the hardware is up to date with other android releases.

  • Jimmy13

    Sony did so well with my PSN data I’d should grab one of their phones. FBI would get carrier IQ and everyone else gets Sony data?

    • Homncruse

      You win the award for most understated comment, sir.

  • Mike Hanel

    Verizon is getting every hot phone that is coming out!!! Come on guys… save some for T-Mobile!

    • Homncruse

      If only. I haven’t seen any new exciting T-Mobile phones in quite some time. If it ain’t MyTouch, T-Mobile doesn’t want to touch it these days. How the mighty have fallen.

    • rekaviles

      Tmobile has no money to bid on these phones. They did great this yr, but I think we won’t see anything major coming from them until this merger issue is sorted.

      Actually, come this time next yr, there won’t be a Tmobile. I think we can all agree on that, regardless of who steps up after AT&T bails.

  • mrcrusha829

    “Fire Zee Lazer!!”

  • donger

    I like the xperia play.

  • eliander mendoza

    do you think nintendo would work with google to make a nintendo smartphone? i don’t think so myself but it would be nice. i would buy a smartphone like speria if i could play my favorite games such as mario all of them, zelda, killer instinct, mortal combat all of them. etc….

  • laosgurllynn

    Verizon isnt my carrier, but they should release it to bank up for the holidays. Well at least we will have plenty of gadgets to play with. I like the Xperia Play, I dont own one, but its ALWAYS HOT!

  • Peter Dowling

    This makes ONLIVE so much more viable

  • Louis A

    Damn, how is verizon getting all these hot phones? I guess they might be the new Android hotspot

  • Adryan maldonado

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! PLease verizon dont. From what i heard it didnt sell very well to begin with. If you are going to release this thing ask sony to PLEASE PLEASE revamp this thing with much bettter hardware and maybe some small actual analog sticks. The touch thing did not turn out so well

  • HoLfElDeR

    Xperia play is nice

  • Himal Limbu

    could have been better.

  • jst4tim

    I agree this is going to be overshadowed at the rate all the newer and better phones are coming out.

  • Shadowlore

    Just keep in mind, we ARE talking about Sony here. I’d not be surprised if they make it so it only handles their own proprietary SDHC cards. Look at the majority of their product line, they release a product, then announce the storage for the device is some bas**rdized variant of a standard.. then sell said variant for 500-600% what you’d pay for the normal version.

    Having played with an Xperia, I wasn’t impressed.. and I see no reason that adding LTE, and placing it on VZW’s network will make it any better.

  • Mike Hanel

    I want to see an ATARI phone! Might be hard to jam one of those big ass joy sticks into such a compact design though….

  • Logan Jinks

    Xperia play combined with LTE = True Onlive mobile experience.
    I have a Droid Charge and I’m currently running the new Onlive on it. I have to say Onlive could really be the next evolutionary step for premium gaming, especially if you can run true console quality games on a low powered mobile device.

  • TruFactz

    Doesn’t matter, Sony is about to release a slew of android devices. Im sure more thane one will be deemed a “PlayStation Phone”. But they do need to step the graphic game up, quad core tegra??? from the company who’s been giving you the graphic power behind your last two consoles????? C’Mon Sony….Get it together…

  • humidity

    Come on World of Warcraft on this or even Diablo 3! lol

  • Al

    Meh. I’ll just get a gametel pad and pair it with a much better phone or even a tablet or Iphone/Ipad. Also, I think a better strategy would be to add Playstation Suite support for more phones, and release a dedicated gamepad designed for it.