Verizon Wireless has finally announced the official launch date of its Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The new Android smartphone will be released later this month, starting May 26 (with pre-orders available from May 19).
It will be “exclusive for a limited time for Verizon”, costing $199.99 on contract (a Verizon Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package are required).
The Xperia Play comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and, although it’s not a dual-core smartphone (like the upcoming Motorola Droid X2), it’s still a handset that’s worth you attention – if anything, just because it’s the very first PlayStation-certified smartphone and features a sliding gamepad.
Verizon’s Xperia Play will have seven games pre-loaded: Madden NFL 11 and The Sims 3 from EA, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline and Star Battalion from Gameloft, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior from Digital Legends, Crash Bandicoot from Sony, and Tetris.
More games will be available soon, and Verizon encourages developers to submit their games and apps for the new Xperia here at its official website.
Via Press release
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