Playstation Phone AKA Xperia PLAY – Preview

The “Playstation Phone” AKA the Xperia PLAY… after a couple of videos about the Nintendo 3DS I had many inquiries about both the NGP (AKA PSP2) and the PlaystationPhone, and with the XperiaPlay closer to launch than the “Next Gen Portable” is, I figure we should take a look at what’s in store on Sony’s new Android device built for gaming before I get to review it closer to launch day.

Xperia™ PLAY at a glance:

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY

Camera

• 5.1 megapixel camera

• Auto focus

• Flash / Photo light

• Geo tagging

• Image stabiliser

• Send to web

• Touch focus

• Video light

• Video recording

• Video blogging

Music

• Album art

• Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)

• Google™ Music Player

• Music tones (MP3/AAC)

• PlayNow™ service*

• Sony Ericsson Music player

• Stereo speakers

• TrackID™ music recognition application

Internet

• Android Market™*

• Bookmarks

• Google™ search*

• Google™ Voice Search*

• Pan & zoom

• Web browser (Webkit)

Communication

• Call list

• Conference calls

• Facebook™ application (from Android Market™)

• Google™ Talk*

• Noise Shield

• Polyphonic ringtones

• Speakerphone

• Sony Ericsson Timescape™***

• Twitter™ application (from Android Market™)

• Vibrating alert

Messaging

• Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM)

• Conversations

• Email

• Google Mail™*

• Instant messaging

• Picture messaging (MMS)

• Predictive text input

• Sound recorder

• Text messaging (SMS)

Design

• Auto rotate

• Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key)

• Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY)

• Picture wallpaper

• Touchscreen

• Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

• 3D games

• Dedicated gaming keys

• Flash Lite™

• Gesture gaming

• Motion gaming

• Video streaming

• YouTube™

Organiser

• Alarm clock

• Calculator

• Calendar

• Document editors

• Document readers

• E-Manual

• Flight mode

• Google Calendar™

• Google Gallery 3D™

• Infinite button

• Phone book

• Set-up Wizard

• Widget manager

Connectivity

• 3.5 mm audio jack

• aGPS

• Bluetooth™ technology

• DLNA Certified

• Google Latitude™

• Google Location Service

• Google Maps™ with Street View

• Media Transfer Protocol support

• Micro USB Connector

• Modem

• Synchronisation via Facebook™**

• Synchronisation via Google Sync™

• Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®

• Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync

• USB 2.0 high speed support

• Wi-Fi™

• Wi-Fi™ Hotspot functionality

* The service is not available in all markets.?** Requires Facebook™ application installed on the device.

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market Android Market™ Client

• Gmail™

• Google Calendar™

• Google Gallery 3D™

• Google Latitude™

• Google Maps™ with Street View

• Google Media Uploader

• Google Music Player™

• Google Phone-top Search

• Google Search widget

• Google Sync™

• Google Talk™

• Google Voice Search

• Set-up Wizard

• YouTube™

Screen

• 16,777,216 colour TFT

• Capacitive multi-touch

• 4 inches

• 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)

In-Box:

• Xperia™ PLAY

• Battery

• Stereo portable handsfree

• 8GB microSD™ memory card

• Charger

• Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer

• User documentation

Facts

• Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm

• Weight: 175 grams

• Phone memory: up to 400 MB

• Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32 GB

• Memory card included: 8GB microSD™

• Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

• Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7

Talk time and networks Networks

• Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 8 hrs 25 min*

• Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 425 hrs*

• Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 25 min*

• Standby time UMTS: Up to 413 hrs*

• Talk time CDMA2000®: Up to 7 hrs 40 min*

• Standby time CDMA2000®: Up to 405 hrs*

• Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min*

• MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min*

Networks

• UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

• GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

• UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

• GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

• CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO

Colour

• Black

• White