Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play – The PlayStation Phone

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play recently hit the market in parts of Europe and Asia. It is set for further European releases in the coming week and will debut as a Verizon exclusive in the United States. The exact date has not yet been released, but the consensus is that it will be sometime late spring. The Xperia play has already been named as the official mobile handset of the world’s largest gaming community, Major League Gaming.

The following specifications on the Xperia Play are from the Sony Ericsson website.

Size: 119.0 × 62.0 × 16.0 mm / 4.7 × 2.4 × 0.6 inches
Weight: 175.0 gr / 6.2 oz
Screen: 854 x 480 pixels / 16,777,216 color TFT
Memory: Phone memory up to 400MB microSD™ support up to 32GB Actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration
Networks: CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO
Talk Time: Up to 7 hours 40min
Standby Time: Up to 405 hours

The Xperia Play features a 4-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and will run Google Gingerbread. It is the “first mobile device to deliver an immersive gaming experience,” said Bert Nordberg, president of Sony Ericsson.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY is half phone, half portable game console and 100% Android. It is powered by a Snapdragon, 1-GHz CPU and the Adreno 205 graphical processor, optimized for advanced gaming and allowing 60 frames per second play-back. It comes with 8GB of available space, and has the ability to be increased to 32GB. The phone has a touch screen side slide and dedicated gaming controls as well.

The Xperia Play hosts a 5.1 megapixel camera. It includes flash, auto focus, and geo-tagging capabilities. The Xperia Play also has video recording to capture life’s events as they happen. The phone has a front facing camera, so self portraits are a snap and it is ready with video chat capabilities. Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a personal organizer, a speakerphone, Assisted GPS, messaging and e-mail. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play also offers a music player, a Timescape interface, and a full HTML browser with Flash Lite. It also supports the usual Google apps, and you can download additional titles from the Android Market.

The Xperia Play comes loaded with 6 games on it from the factory. The PlayStation Pocket and the Get Games apps are the initial places to get games for your Xperia Play. Upon launch, Sony Ericsson claims there will be about 50 games available for the XPERIA Play. Those will be PlayStation titles exclusive to the XPERIA Play and Sony Ericsson is hoping that could be a key feature to this phone. Be sure to check out Sony Ericsson’s website or other reviews online for more in depth and technological coverage of the new Xperia Play, or “The PlayStation Phone” as it has quickly come to be known.

Updated: April 4, 2011 — 1:33 pm

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