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PlayStation Phone ''Previewed,'' Benchmarked

By - Source: BGR | B 20 comments

Hi-res images, specs and a "leaked" video of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play in action.

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?

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    dillyflump , January 7, 2011 8:54 PM
    Ummmm it's just a PSP GO with phone function. :/ 
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    jimsocks , January 7, 2011 9:09 PM
    damn, i am disappoint. Its sad when phones not marketed as gaming phones beat this in specs. This thing better be cheap, but im sure they will charge *smartphone* prices.
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    feeddagoat , January 7, 2011 9:24 PM
    Wonder if old PSP games can be put on this via memory card. I can see their app just being a link to their online download store
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    apoq , January 7, 2011 9:29 PM
    Oh, it looks ugly as hell. And I dont get why they didn't just include real analog sticks - well very small ones that is. It's clear that those who will buy this phone are going to accept the extra heftiness it comes along with.
    Also, being a gaming device its simply embarrasing they don't include a more powerful hardware.
    Somehow I feel Sony likes to shoot itself in the foot.
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    belardo , January 7, 2011 9:55 PM
    Okay... actual pictures this time!

    The Earlier "prototype" or "secret' photos, they photo-shopped or placed a obvious Samsung Galaxy-S phone on top of a PSP.
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    Titanius , January 7, 2011 10:36 PM
    I'm very disappointed with the specs of this thing. Personally I thought it would come equipped with a Tegra 2 SoC, 1GHz, Dual-Core Cortex A9, 1GB of RAM, and a GeForce GPU...much more powerful than that Adreno GPU...much more suited for a gaming device.
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    adamboy64 , January 7, 2011 11:27 PM
    The PSPhone doesn't need any advertising.. all these 'leaks' are doing the job. Well played.
    I just need to hope my current phone keeps going until this is released..
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    alextheblue , January 7, 2011 11:58 PM
    dillyflumpUmmmm it's just a PSP GO with phone function.

    Minus PSP games, yeah it is kind of like that. But really its just YAS (Yet Another Smartphone). I mean, a single-core Snapdragon and an Adeno? Really? There are much faster graphics chips on the market from PowerVR and Nvidia.
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    applegetsmelaid , January 8, 2011 12:25 AM
    If it doesn't play games from Playstation Network, this phone is silly.
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    thillntn , January 8, 2011 1:19 AM
    Due to security concerns, they can't give you anything but a phone with limited use.But you will have to buy it, $ony commands it!!!!
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 8, 2011 1:25 AM
    would have liked atleast a tegra2 soc, currently the fastest
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    soundefx , January 8, 2011 3:42 AM
    Is this a psp with phone capabilities or a phone with gaming capabilities?
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    fracture , January 8, 2011 7:18 AM
    soundefxIs this a psp with phone capabilities or a phone with gaming capabilities?


    This is just a phone with a d-pad and buttons to play games with instead of just using the touch screen. Don't know why people keep thinking it's a full blown handheld gaming machine with phone capability.
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    Rab1d-BDGR , January 8, 2011 2:18 PM
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! Spamocaust!
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    ProDigit10 , January 8, 2011 10:19 PM
    anyone noticed it said "play station pocket" instead of portable?
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    adamboy64 , January 9, 2011 1:08 AM
    applegetsmelaidIf it doesn't play games from Playstation Network, this phone is silly.


    Yes. It would make most sense for it to just connect to PSN and you can purchase downloadable games online. If the entire downloadable PSP library isn't available on this - that would be quite poor.
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    bobusboy , January 9, 2011 1:56 AM
    I will promise to post less abuse posts.
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    bobusboy , January 9, 2011 3:00 AM
    bobusboyI will promise to post less abuse posts.


    mods -_-; Still stands that the spam is unreasonable on this site.

    It would be funny that the first post after mine is spam..considering the content of my now edited post but it really isn't.
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    markonis , January 9, 2011 2:04 PM
    if this phone can be used as a joystick for PS3?
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    Doom3klr , January 12, 2011 2:29 AM
    It doesnt look ugly looks cool and besides you get psp games and a phone what more do you want?
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