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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The PSP Phone is Finally Official


Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Smartphone
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After much rumor, and even after its first advertisement played on TV during the Superbowl and online, the "PSP Phone" has finally been officially announced. The press conference happened in Barcelona, but the official announcement in most parts of the world occurred on the official Sony Ericsson Facebook page, February 13, 2011 at 6 pm GMT.

The announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play happened at the end of a larger press conference held to introduce Sony Ericsson's new line of "next generation" smartphones. While the other phones looked nice, the Xperia Play was the star of the show. Here's a rundown of the information released about the new phone:

  • it comes it black or white (see images)
  • it runs on the latest Android Gingerbread build (version 2.3)
  • it has a 4 inch multi-touch screen; 16,777,216 colour TFT; 480 x 854 pixels
  • it has a 5.1 megapixel camera featuring auto-focus, flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, touch focus, send to web, video recording and video blogging
  • it features "social network integration," with Facebook and Twitter, Gmail, picture messaging, text messaging and IM
  • it has Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
  • it has a micro USB connector and USB 2.0 support
  • it has its own built-in media player, plus Google Music Player
  • it has an assortment of organization apps
  • it allows conference calls and speakerphone
  • it has a web browser and Google Search
  • it has true 3-D HD at 60 frames per second
  • it is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU, and Adreno GPU graphics processor
  • it uses Micro SD cards and comes with a 8GB card in the box
  • it has stereo speakers and Bluetooth Stereo, plus a 3.5 mm audio jack
  • it has a full slide-out PlayStation controller, including trigger keys and analog touchpad "joysticks", meaning your fingers won't obscure any part of the screen
  • it will feature multiplayer gaming, with a focus on "social entertainment"
  • the Android platform allows no limits on content
  • it will come pre-loaded with a "legendary PlayStation One title" and other games
  • in addition to having access to the Android marketplace, the Xperia Play (and eventually other PlayStation Certified Android devices) will have the PlayStation Suite, for which Sony will be launching a dedicated PlayStation Store
  • until the PlayStation Store is available, there will PSOne classic titles available for download from the Android Marketplace exclusively for Xperia Play users
  • it will be the first "PlayStation Certified" device--the first in a full program intended to certify other Android-based devices for PlayStation content
  • it has the full backing of Sony Computer Entertainment for games
  • more than 20 publishers support the device, including Sony, EA, Gameloft, Glu Mobile, Activision, Namco Bandai, Digital Chocolate, Digital Legends, Fishlabs, Gamehouse, Handy Games, Polarbit, Popcap, Trendy Entertainment and Unity Technologies
  • it will have more than 50 games available on launch
  • game franchises mentioned include Guitar Hero, Assassin's Creed, Battlefield, Dead Space, The Sims 3, FIFA 10 and Splinter Cell
  • existing mobile games will be enhanced for the Xperia Play with more levels, multiplayer and other features
  • it will have 3-D games via Unity technologies--the first time Unity has partnered with a mobile phone manufacturer
  • it will ship worldwide beginning in March
  • the US will be among the first areas to get the Xperia Play
  • the US carrier at launch will be Verizon

There will no doubt be more information released about launch games, release dates and carriers in the next few weeks.

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