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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY CDMA

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY CDMA
480 x 854 pixels
5 MP
0.3 MP VGA front
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2
Single core, 1000 MHz
RAM: 0.5 GB
BATTERY: 1500 mAh
Announced: Feb 13, 2011
Market status: Released
Release date: May 26, 2011
Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Rugged NFC Dual SIM

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Verizon, Alltel


No pros


  • Low pixel density screen (245 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (0.5 GB RAM)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)




This is the CDMA version of 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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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (2.3.4, 2.3)
  • 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 5.2 oz (149 g)
  • Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Other


  • 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:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Hardware Features:
      • Autofocus
    • Software Features:
      • Digital image stabilization, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 800 x 480 pixels 30 fps
    • Features:
      • Video light, Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA


  • 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 MSM8655
  • 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.

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


  • Capacity:
    • 1500 mAh
  • Type:
    • User replaceable, Li - Ion
  • Talk time:
    • 7.66 hours
      the average is 15 h (874 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 16.9 days (405 hours)
      the average is 15 days (365 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 30.58 hours


  • Mirroring:
    • DLNA
  • Music player:
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Music recognition
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, WAV, AMR
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation

Internet browsing

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


  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • 2G Data:
    • EV-DO Rev.A
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • 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
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M4, T4
  • Other features:
    • Voice recording, TTY/TDD


  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • 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
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • 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
  • Other:
    • Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync


  • Officially announced:
    • 13 Feb 2011

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 450

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 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

      • 01 Apr 2011
      • FCC ID value:

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

        PY7A6880004 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 0.76 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.21 W/kg
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This device is also known as Sony Ericsson R800x

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