Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, aka the “PlayStation Phone”, Gets Gamed, Benchmarked

Yes, it’s the Sony Xperia Play, a.k.a the Playstation Phone! But no, it’s not coming to a store near you anytime soon. If you’ve been following every clandestine shot and tidbit of news about this smart phone for dedicated mobile gamers, you’ll be happy to know both it and its Sony PlayStation-esque controls have been outed, photographed, tested, and captured on video tap-dancing through various PlayStation and GameBoy games.

The team over at Engadget has been testing the Sony Xperia Play for a few days now and haven’t wasted any time uncovering specs, testing game play, and otherwise fiddling with the smart phone/gaming platform. Here’s a rundown of the specs in their review unit:

  • 4-inch Multi-touch LCD display
  • 854 x 480 resolution
  • Mobile BRAVIA video engine
  • 1 GHz processor that over-clocks to 1.2 GHz
  • Adreno 205 graphics processor unit
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Android 2.3 with some very involved enhancements from Sony’s Xperia team
  • 5-MP back-facing camera with LED-Flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers back behind the battery case, for a little extra audio oomph during button-mashing
  • 1500-mAh battery

In Engadget’s testing, they were impressed with the Xperia Play’s build quality, sharp camera, and the uniquely attractive, custom UI it has on top of Android. Unfortunately, the sample unit didn’t come with any preloaded games that take advantage of the device’s dual D-Pads, so Engadget installed both PSP and Gameboy Advance emulators so they could try a few classic titles.

Sony Ericsson hasn’t released pricing or availability yet, but we’d be surprised if the company didn’t make this handset official at Mobile World Congress next month . For now, you can get more details on the Play, see it in video action, and watch an Engadget editor get crushed in Gundam Assault 2 in Engadget’s preview.

via Engadget

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  1. Tristan Thomas Says:

    I really want to get the PlayStation phone but sony is keeping quite with this one. They are to release the PlayStation Suite App for Android devices later this hear. You can read about it here: http://goo.gl/vAUAt

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