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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G

Announced
Sep 8, 2011
Market status
Released
Release date
Sep 18, 2011

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T

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Cons

  • Single-core processor

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Description

This is AT&T's version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY which is the first PlayStation Certified device and the first specialized Android gaming phone to hit the market. It features a slide-out gamepad, 4" LCD screen and a second generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset. There is a dedicated section on Android Market for it, which will list titles written specifically for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, or ported over from other mobile devices.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (2.3.3)
  • Form factor:
    • Side-Slider
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.69 x 2.44 x 0.63 inches (119 x 62 x 16 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 6.17 oz (175 g)
      the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
  • Design features:
    • Dedicated game buttons
  • Side Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Other

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 4.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 480 x 854 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 245 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 59.72 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps), 800 x 480 pixels 30 fps
    • Features:
      • Video light, Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Yes

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 205
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 333 MHz) / LPDDR2 / 512 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 8.41 hours
      the average is 12 h (702 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 17.7 days (425 hours)
      the average is 20 days (485 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 6.41 hours
      the average is 15 h (911 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 17.2 days (413 hours)
      the average is 23 days (542 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 30.58 hours
  • Gaming:
    • 5.58 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1500 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Music recognition
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, WAV, AMR
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • HTML, Flash Lite
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Twitter

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSPA (unspecified), HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, World clock
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Object Push (OPP), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Serial Port (SPP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T3
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 11 Mar 2011
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        PY7A3880087 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.60 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 1.44 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 08 Sep 2011
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