Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY (PSP) Phone
Sony Ericsson News from Mobile World Congress
From Brazil Sony Ericsson has just introduced the Xperia phone. The phone, though running Android Gingerbread (2.3) does a very neat imitation of the Sony PSP gaming system. It even has a slide out gaming pad rather than a qwerty keyboard.
The device is a smartphone and does all of the things expected of such a phone. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs Android Gingerbread (2.3) so it has all of the funcationalty you'd expect of any Android smartphone.
But it also plays games.
At launch Sony expects to provide up to fifty (50) games for download and the phone will come with five (5) games pre-installed.
Xperia is not a new line from Sony Ericsson, but this version does away with all of the bad and adds near a near prefect Playstation match for game play. It even has the very familiar Playstation PSP (see third photo) gaming pad.
As mentioned above all of the typical functions of an Android powered smartphone are also apparent. This includes the Google Experience (gmail, maps, google music, etc.)
It has two cameras a rear-facing 5.1 Megapixel with LED flash that can also record video and a front facing 2 Megapixel camera primarily for video chat.
It has the typical assortment of sensors including accelerometer, GPS, ambient light, digital compass, and proximity.
Connectivy to cellular providers is almost unlimited as the phone supports UMTS, GSM, EDGE, HPSA+, GPRS, CDMA One, and CDMA2000 as well as 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It will even serve as a mobile hotspot though the number of devices supported is not known.
The phone comes packed with memory with a eight gigabyte card included, four hundred megabytes on-board and a mircoSD slot for an additional 32Gb if desired.
Because the phone is designed to be both a phone and a PSP gaming device the phone supports an eye-popping sixteen million colors on its FWVGA display.
For a more complete list of specifications see the table below.
Other Great Stuff
Messaging will include Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM), Conversations, Email (POP3, IMAP, SMTP), Google Mail, Instant messaging (SMS), Picture messaging (MMS), predictive text input, sound recorder.
Organizer software will include alarm clock, calculator, calendar, document editors, document readers, e-Manual, flight mode, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, infinite button, phone book, set-up wizard, and widget manager.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
CDMA2000, cdmaOne, EVDO
Qualcomm Scorpion 1GHz
Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
microSD memory included
optional microSD memory
16,777,216 color TFT
854 x 480
5.1 Megapixel (autofocus)
2 Megapixel for video chat
rear facing flash
3.5mm headphone jack / Bluetooth / DLNA
802.11b/g/n + hotspot
noise suppression microphone
ambient light detector
4.68 X 2.44 x 0.62" [119 x 62 x 16 mm]
6.17 ounces [175 grams]
unknown - 8 hour of talk time / 5 hours game
What Comes in the Box
The phone will come packed with Xperia™ PLAY, Battery, Stereo portable handsfree headset, 8GB microSD™ memory card, charger, micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer, and user documentation
I am not personally a big time game player, but I can most certainly see this phone filling a rather large niche market. There are a lot of people out there who grew up with the Sony Plastation and PSP players and this phone will most certainly appeal to them.
Plus, since this phone includes all of the applications that also make it a good business hand-held, the appeal of a "steam-release" business/gaming phone has broad appeal.
As of now no price has been given or even suggested by Sony Ericsson for this phone, but it is slated to launch in mid-March 2011.
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