Sony Ericsson Xperia Play PSP phone previewed again

There’s no doubt that the Xperia Play (aka the PSP phone) can be a crucial product for Sony Ericsson’s 20011 smartphone portfolio. That’s because its selling point is the combination of two hugely-popular brands: Android (currently the world’s second largest mobile OS) and PlayStation (the world’s best selling video game console).

Most likely, the handset will be officially announced next month at MWC 2011, in Barcelona, where other new Xperia phones should also be unveiled.

Until then, in case you’re curious if Sony Ericsson managed to make a good phone out of the Xperia Play or not, Engadget has posted a thorough preview of it.

Here’s what’s confirmed to come with the Xperia Play:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4 inch 854 x 480 touchscreen display
  • Customizable Sony Ericsson homescreen
  • “better build quality than the PSP Go”
  • Sliding gamepad with touchpads instead of DualShock mechanical sticks
  • Single-core, 1GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 5MP camera, which takes rather impressive photos
  • 800 x 480 video recording (could be upgraded to HD recording before the handset is launched)

Wi-Fi didn’t work on the previewed unit, but that’s almost certainly just a bug.

Overall, the Xperia Play left a good impression, so we’re looking forward to seeing it at MWC, where we should find answers to questions like “how much will the phone cost?”, “how can I buy PlayStation games for it?”, or “will any US carrier subsidize it?”

Author: Florin

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