Sony patent suggests dual-keyboard Xperia Play could come in the future

Sony patent suggests dual-keyboard Xperia Play could come in the future
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was and still is the only handset with a gamepad - the perfect addition to a handset for gamers, and now the newest patent filed by Sony suggests that a successor is possible and it will feature not one, but two slide-out keyboards, according to a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

So, how does that work and what does it mean? First of all, thus a possible future device could have both a gamepad and a full QWERTY keyboard. That’s already a big plus for those of you who prefer to have real feedback from pressing physical keys. And the mechanism to make this work actually is not all that complicated - the two keyboards just slideout.

Now, the two sliding mechanism should allow each of the keyboards to be accessed separately and if Sony nails it, this will be one handset that will be truly worthy to be called a transformer. And yes, it seems that in that case the extra thickness actually won’t be a dealbreaker. How do you like Sony’s idea?

source: USPTO via Engadget

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Xperia PLAY
  • Display 4.0 inches 854 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 0.4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.3


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