There are quite a few things we know now about Sony Ericsson's Experia Play. The phone has been rumored for quite sometime now, and website Engadget was able to get the scoop several months back as they continued to post information and images of the handset.
Let's take a look at everything we do know at this point:
1) Runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The Xperia Play is coming loaded with Gingerbread, which is the latest version of Google's mobile smartphone operating system (remember, the upcoming Honeycomb is intended for tablets). This should be expected at this point, so there are no surprises there.
2) First PlayStation Certified Device
PlayStation Ceritfied is a licensing program that was announced in January. It basically means Sony Computer Entertainment (Sony's PlayStation branch) has given the hardware their thumbs up and fans will get a full PlayStation experience on their handset. Other devices will come along, and not all will be Sony devices or have button layouts like the Xperia Play.
3) 5MP Camera
The new device has a 5.1 megapixel camera. That is according to a recent press release from Sony Ericsson. It's unknown how likely it is that this will be used in gameplay, but it's certainly a feature that people crave in their smartphones these days.
4) Coming to Verizon Wireless This Spring?
The rumors say that the device is coming to Verizon this spring. It will be interesting to see which gamers are more attracted to when it comes to the Verizon iPhone and the Xperia Play. We also finally have a release window, which is nice.
5) Games on the Android Market
This one is actually a disappointment. We are sure things will change in the future as Sony's plan goes into full effect. Still, we would like to see the PlayStation Store make its way to Android devices sooner than later. We need to see those game sales pick up, and seeing them on a more familiar name like PlayStation may be more enticing to gamers. Especially since many of them may already have a PlayStation Network account and a their credit card linked to it.
6) Full Details and Specs
The following is taken directly from Sony Ericsson's press release:
Content partners at launch include:
Sony Computer Entertainment
Namco Bandai Networks
- 16,777,216 colour TFT
- Capacitive multi-touch
- 4 inches
- 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)
- Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm
- Weight: 175 grams
- Phone memory: up to 400 MB
- Memory card support: microSD‚Ñ¢, up to 32 GB
- Memory card included: 8GB microSD‚Ñ¢
- Operating system: Google‚Ñ¢ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7
- 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¬Æ: Up to 7 hrs 40 min*
- Standby time CDMA2000¬Æ: Up to 405 hrs*
- Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min*
- MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min*
Sony Rethinking Handheld Gaming
The Xperia Play is part of Sony's new strategy for handheld gaming. They realize that mobile devices like the iPhone are growing in popularity. Traditional handhelds are more limited as far as functionality goes. Devices like the iPhone have some great games, but are also always in the pockets of users. Sony has realized that and is adjusting to the market. We will see how things go from here.