Next month, Sony Ericsson will reportedly showcase the mystery Android-powered PlayStation Phone at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Although the company didn't outright announce a definite reveal date, enough evidence has surface to indicate that next month's supposed reveal of the "Xperia Play" smartphone is likely.
In the meantime, new screenshots of the device have surfaced by way of an unofficial preview. Not only are the images of high quality, but Chinese site IT168 (translation) even produced a list of unofficial specs and gave the gadget a thorough workout. The specs are as follows:
- Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU
- 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 processor
- 1,500mAh battery
- 4-inch LCD display with 854 x 480 resolution
- 5 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus
- 512 MB RAM
- 512 MB ROM
- microSD slot
- SIM slot
- micro-USB port
- Dual-microphone for noise cancellation
As mentioned, the site benchmarked the device and received a 1,733 score (59.1 fps) in Quadrant, however this could ultimately improve as the official launch date nears and Sony Ericsson tweaks the hardware and software.
The 12-page "preview" also reveals that the PlayStation app seen on the Home screen opens up to a "PlayStation Pocket" software launcher, its title written in clear English on the screen. At this point, it's unclear what this application will do, or if this is the same app Sony Europe announced last month which will serve as a PlayStation Network companion rather than a software platform.
As seen in the "leaked" video below, the user launches PlayStation Pocket, plays Ridge Racer in a separate instance and benchmarks the loading time between the Xperia Play and the Meizu M9 using the Unreal Engine 3-charged game Dungeon Defenders. Based on the images and videos we've seen thus far, there's no sense in denying that a PlayStation-themed phone is on the way. Question is, what will it play?