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PlayStation Phone Spotted With Xperia Branding

With just one month to go before Sony Ericsson reportedly reveals the PlayStation Phone, new images have surfaced that may give insight to the actual name. Previously it was rumored that it would be called the Zeus Z1. Then it was changed to the Xperia Play. However the new screens point to the latter, as the "Xperia" brand is clearly printed on the slide-out controller portion.

In addition to the branding, the images show a more defined phone with engraved circles, a PlayStation-themed logo and buttons with a lighter shade (thus making the printing look more defined). Other shots verify that the phone is sporting Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and shows the actual device model number-- R800i.

Little is known about the actual hardware specs for the device. The phone will reportedly have a 1 GHz CPU, an Adreno 205 GPU and a "mind-blowing" display comparable to Apple's Retina Display on the iPhone 4. There's also talk that the phone will have an off-contract cost of $500 with 5 free games included. Additional games-- likely purchased from the Android Market and the PlayStation Network-- will be similarly priced to Apple's Apps or Sony's own Minis.

Previous shots revealed a PlayStation app icon located on the main home screen. Once believed to be the phone's gaming platform, a recent announcement from Sony Europe said that a PlayStation app was in the works. The app would keep players connected to their trophies and other PlayStation Network features-- essentially a PSN companion rather than a full-fledged platform. If anything, Sony will likely build a PlayStation store similar to Verizon's V CAST Apps store located within the Market.

There's also talk that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play might make an appearance this week at CES 2011, and behind closed doors that may indeed be true. However consumers may be forced to wait until February to see the phone's big reveal during the Mobile World congress event.