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Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone to carry Gingerbread, now branded with Xperia

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Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone to carry Gingerbread, now branded with Xperia
We love to call it the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone, as we think this is the most appropriate title for a gaming handset by Sony, but the device has been leaked again in Hong Kong, and this time the Xperia brand is stamped front and center on the controller.

Known also as the Zeus Z1, the gadget went throught the PlayStation brand wishful thinking, but it seems that it will actually land at the third name mentioned - Xperia Play. After all, Sony has to sell somehow their PSPs as well, and people might get confused if both the phone and the portable console are carrying the PlayStation branding.

The gadgets (yes, there are two units in the new pics) have been sized against a white Xperia X10, and appear slightly smaller, which leads to the thought that the 3.7" screen rumors are holding water. The display is said to be a variation of Sony's pride and joy Bravia TV brand, meaning that we could see some breathtaking resolution to rival the Retina Display. Other rumored specs are 8MP camera, 512MB RAM/1GB ROM and the same 1GHz Snapdragon chipset that is in the T-Mobile myTouch 4G and HTC Desire HD, currently showing the largest out of the box benchmark scores of all single core handsets.

The phone has also been advancing in its design stages apparently - there are now two engraved circles at both side of the ellipse in the middle of the controller part, which make it seem lake a tape cassette player. The buttons have now become more rubbery looking, rather than transparent, and the PlayStation connection is clearly demonstrated with the respective logo in the lower left corner.
Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone to carry Gingerbread, now branded with Xperia
Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone to carry Gingerbread, now branded with Xperia
Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone to carry Gingerbread, now branded with Xperia

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play



One of the few conundrums around the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been solved now too. The firmware version screen clearly shows that it is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and it couldn't be otherwise, considering how game-oriented the latest Android version is. We've heard here and there that there will be a dedicated part of the Android Market for the handset, and the games are said to feature mobile prices, which means under $10. The gaming handset is reported to ship with 5 of them for free, and to be at around the $500 price point unsubsidized.

Granted, these are all preliminary leaks and speculations, but they sound so plausible, that we hope Sony has some additional tricks up its sleeve to make us fall in love on Valentine's Day, when the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona starts, and the pinnacle of a modern gaming phone gets announced.

source: Hkgolden via Engadget

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posted on 04 Jan 2011, 14:38 1

1. OsirisRa (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


Hopefully those track pads will act as dual joysticks. Then this might be worth it. What about the camera and all the other features!!!!

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 15:40

2. PlayStation OnBoard (unregistered)


Woulb Be cool if they called it the Sony Erricsson Xperia XODA using the X O SQUARE AN TRIANGLE lol. i think it woull look Cool

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 20:46

3. Diego! (Posts: 476; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I'm sorry to contradict you but that screen is at least 4".

It can be clearly meassured when Z1 is shot next to X10. It's the same size, the only difference is that Z1's screen is placed a little bit lower than X10.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 22:58

5. Moosekillerwithfarts (unregistered)


i think you're right. the phone just has alow bezzel and it is clearly evadent that there is some type of backligt there. The people here at phone arena just cant see.

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 21:55

4. nerd (unregistered)


the screen is 3.7".............if u have a closer look u will notice it.................the lower border for both the screen is at the same level, but x10's upper border is slightly higher & width is same for both.........so it will be less than 4" for sure, if not 3.7", then 3.8",3.9",.......

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 23:07

7. jacko (unregistered)


im going with diego on this in the last pic u can clearly see the bottom is lower level then the x10 so its a 4" screen

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 23:02

6. Moosekillerwithfarts (unregistered)


up under the virtual lock switch, there is an area that apears to be backlit whitch i think is the extra screen real estate. that would not make sense for the lock switch to be at the bottom of the screen.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 12:39

8. Ibrahimkhan (unregistered)


I love it..........

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