Dec 04 AT 12:02 PM Nick Gray 35 Comments

SONY Ericsson’s Zeus Z1 (PlayStation Phone) struts its stuff on video

Early last night (while a few of us were enjoying our beers at the Twin Cities Android meetup), new videos of the SONY Ericsson Zeus Z1 made their way onto the web.  While we’ve seen a few blurry pictures on the Playstation Phone in the past, the new video gives us a clear vision Gingerbread and the handset’s hardware.  It’s evident that the Zeus Z1 is not going to win any prizes for being the thinnest Android phone, but that’s definitely a good thing.  If the main selling point for this device is its gaming capabilities, we’re pretty sure users would like to hold something solid in their hands which would allow for a much better grip.

Is it just me, or does the Zeus Z1 get a little more appealing every time there’s a new leak?

Source: Engadget

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Seph

    where are the games? sample gameplay? looks like a controlled leak.
    looking at the launcher icons below, it doesnt look like gingerbread ?

    • http://Website Daniel

      Could be a different build, either older or newer (if the greenish launcher icons were scrapped). Notice how the picture on the top of this article still features a light status bar, the software on this phone is definitely being updated between leaks.

  • http://Website RonnieRon

    this phone may be the greatest android gaming phone but it is hideous and looks humongous.. I guess the Stock android is a good start tho

  • http://Website DROID Sam

    Wow, that thing’s thick! It’s probably not any thicker than one of my old Treo phones, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything like this for Android. I’d guess it’s on par with the G1 in terms of thickness.

    Put me down for one of these. Ever if I don’t buy any official Playstation games, the controlled will be a perfect addition for all the emulators I have purchased over the past two years.

  • http://Website AdamJ

    That’s what I thought! Where are the green accents in the icons? Would Google really give Sony Gingerbread before release? Sure feels like a controlled leak so It could be possible that we are only seeing 2.2 and they hacked it to say Gingerbread just to show the world that they do plan on launching with it?

  • http://Website NODO-GT

    Very interesting what CPU it is running on?
    will it be dual-core Qualcomm, maybe Tegra 2?

    • http://Website DROID Sam

      I thought i read somewhere that is was running a second generation 800 MHz qualcomm processor

  • http://Website clara

    ugly and fat – i dont wannit!!!

    • http://Website Drew

      @ Clara

      That’s what HE said!

  • http://Website Nate

    anyone else notice how at 0:11 it says “Android Version: Gingerbread”? I’m pretty sure this is fake because on my nexus one on the about phone screen it says “Android Version: 2.2.1″ not Froyo

    • http://Website Eric

      I was going to say the opposite. Anyone notice in the appdrawer, at the top and bottom it did that wierd white static thing. That was one of the new elements of gingerbread. Is this gingerbread?

    • http://Website Eric

      I was going to say the opposite. Anyone notice in the appdrawer, at the top and bottom it did that wierd white static thing. That was one of the new elements of gingerbread. Is this gingerbread? If it is, looking good.

      • http://Website Nick

        Nice catch. You can see that white static when he scrolls to the top and bottom of the app drawer. Skip ahead to 1:15 to see it in action.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I really hope Gingerbread comes Dec 6

  • http://Website paul

    It just way to thick for me.

    • http://Website Hermano

      Thats what she said!

  • http://Website freakfingers12

    That’s an old youtube app? Is it running Android 2.1? It looks ugly and bulky btw. Haha. What’s that first application in the app drawer? Something like Arena Olympus. Test drive games please.

    • http://Website somefanboy

      Folks at sony probably are expecting the same kind of reactions as yours from all other iPhone and Galaxy S user around the world. The more you bash it, the more your gonna want it. There just isnt anything close to Sony on the game industry, other than the the XBox, and I don’t think they will turn Windows Phone 7 being a good platform for games anytime soon. So yeah, when it gets popular, your gonna take that laugh back

  • http://Website Gary

    Want BADLY.
    SNES games suck on the G2 because of the lack of shoulder buttons.
    This thing would play SNES/PSX games beautifully.

    Street fighter on this would be godly.

    • http://Website R.S.

      Though I was a bit disappointmented that this wont actually be a PSP with phone capabilites, if I was to buy this phone, it would be to play all those NES and SNES games. SNES games are next to impossible to play because of the extras buttons that are needed.

      Though many seem to dislike how thick the phone is, like Nick mentioned in the actual article, when playing games, you want something solid and good sized to hold onto.

      Now if they would only hurry up and announce the carrier who will be carrying this phone! A release date would be nice as well.

  • ALX

    Love the concept, but I’m not diggin the silver at all, I was hoping it would look more like a pspgo. It does, however, still make me drool…

  • http://Website Ms_Matrix

    I don’t like it, they should stay out of the phone game. The slider part looks silly. It would have been better without it.

  • http://Website Cardinal_Senter

    I wouldn’t buy this unless I knew I could put Super Mario Bros on it.

    • http://Website Sammy

      I think you want the Nintendo phone. Oh wait, that one will never happen.

    • http://Website ACR

      You can play Super Mario Bros with those Gameboy, NES and SNES emulators on the market.

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  • http://Website Addictive

    Niiiice. I’m gonna make my brother get this phone.
    -Samsung Epic

  • http://Website ihatefanboys

    I agree with those that say FAKE… the screen would not say Android Version Gingerbread

  • http://Website hutz

    The Unit is ugly as hell !

    why are the controls counter sunk into the handset ? lots of space for IR track balls / pad for faux thumb stick.

    dont think its going to be pretty, but finally a playstation phone ! and if its under android, were have PS on alot of handsets not long after its release :) even if we have to use screen controls.

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  • http://Website JJL84

    No way, a Sony Ericsson phone with the latest version of Android?! I didn’t know that they knew where to find the latest SDKs!

    Sarcasm aside, it looks like a nice phone.

  • http://Website Max

    Nintendo and xbox should now bow down to sony.
    Release date + Full specs/Priceeeeee!!!

  • http://Website Ric

    Love the way for it’s big debut video, the very first thing it does is have a Force Close!

  • http://Website Levi

    I love how poeple are saying it’s fat and ugly. It’s not actually aimed for full phone funtions, it’s aimed towards gaming. This design is taken from the PSPGo, and honestly if I was really into gaming I’d definatley buy it. It eliminated the need to carry about my android phone and my PSPGo. I’d definatley buy it if it’s not too expensive.

  • http://Website Mergatroid

    I own a PS3 but I will not purchase this phone (even though my contract is up this summer). I would have preferred a full keyboard, using some of the keyboard keys as controller keys, and perhaps a small joystick or touch controller on the keyboard (or something other than a 20+ year old d pad desig).

    Really Sony, I thought that in 2010 you could come up with controls better than a 20 year old NES. Where’s your innovation? I would hardly call those controls innovative. The only true innovation I see here is the Android o/s. And THAT is loosely based on someone (who shall remain nameless) else’s design.