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PlayStation phone confirmed in leak: 1GHz, touchpad

updated 09:40 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010

PlayStation phone photos, details emerge

Sony Ericsson's rumored PlayStation phone was confirmed in major fashion today through a leak of prototype shots and according details. True to expectations, it will be a full touchscreen slider but with PSP Go-style PlayStation controls instead of a QWERTY keyboard; it would go so far as to have shoulder buttons. Engadget was told, however, that the pad in the middle is a multi-touch trackpad, most likely for gestures that would avoid disrupting the screen during gameplay.

Inside, it would have the same 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 as found in the HTC Desire HD and would be one of the fastest single-core phones as a result. 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM would be strictly on par, however. Not much is known about the camera on the back, but the phone should have a screen between 3.7 and 4.1 inches and a microSD card slot that would be essential for a game-centric device.

It was already known that the phone should ship with Gingerbread, now possibly called Android 2.3, and would have a special store just for Android games. At one point, it was suggested this would be a subsection of Android Market itself, but this wouldn't necessarily be the case. The unique control scheme would likely push Sony Ericsson to keep downloads separate and make it easy to discover apps designed for the full control scheme.

A launch now isn't likely until 2011. The prototype on show has been characterized as buggy and not even to the point where Sony might consider a custom skin, whether Timescape/Mediascape from the Xperia X10 or a PlayStation-oriented interface.

Sony is known to be eager to turn around its mobile gaming strategy as the PSP has been rapidly declining to the point of being a non-factor in mobile gaming. While it has been engaged in anti-iPhone ads and just this week slashed the PSP Go's price, Sony has not only been eclipsed by the also declining Nintendo DS but by the iPhone and iPod touch. Apple's devices have lacked hardware button controls ideal for certain kinds of games, but they have had more powerful hardware and support game genres that simply haven't been possible without a touchscreen. App Store games also usually cost $10 or less, a quarter of the price of a new PSP release.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. global.philosopher

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    -3

    70's phone......

    looks like it was desinged in the 70's.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    -4

    comment title

    As a PlayStation fan, I might consider getting one if it had a real OS and built in storage but since it has Shitdroid and no built in storage, it's about as useful as as the box for an iPhone original: Useless. Although I'm a major Apple fan, I've owned a PSP before the iPhone came out and currently have a PS3 and am very saddened to see Sony put that pile of s*** OS on their products. The XMB was very innovative and ahead of its time, and so was the updating of a game console OS, something never before attempted, but later ripped off by Microsoft with the 360. Other than the VAIO line, I always thought Sony was a good company and made good products, especially when it came to PlayStation products, but I guess not. Any company that uses Android is both too lazy to make their own OS and doesn't care that their phone runs a very bad generic version of iOS.

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: Nov 2006

    +7

    That's cool...

    As a gamer myself, nothing beats physical controller. Sony is heading the right in hardware. They will have to prove the software end and also, please, don't jack up the price beyond consumer's reach just because it's Sony!

  1. IxOsX

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    Future

    Single-core is old news. But if was a dual-core then yes would be something highly interesting. Nevertheless they have a good portion of RAM/ROM on the device witch is very interesting.

    The most interesting aspect for me would be the fact they probably will port PSP games for Android platform, with a Sony Market for Android.

    But if the rumors that Apple is thinking to acquire Sony are true, then is just one more benefit for all iOS or OSX platforms, and by so, Android would lost a great acquest.

    For whom does not understand the importance of Apple acquisition of Sony (if there are any true on this rumor), then lets just say that one of the most profit industries of all time, is the gaming industry. One of the main reasons for the great success of MS Windows, was not there great quality, but only two things: GAMES and OFFICE SUITE.

  1. coffeetime

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    Re: Future

    I agree with the game theory. But Sony comes with full package: movie studio, Blu-Ray, Stereo, TV, MiniDisc, and many other craps that don't exist in U.S but only in Japan. If Apple just buy off the game division, it makes sense. That would be Apple PS4 sync with iPhone's GameCenter. Just as XBOX Live works on WP7.

  1. Salty

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    Lame

    Lame, sure a 1Ghz processor is great in my iPhone 4 I bought in July, but it'll be current about two months before the next iPhone comes out and then it'll be old hat. They should be planning this thing with a dual core processor in mind.

    The hardware looks to be about what I'd expect.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    platform games

    Platforms like Nintendo DS, and PSP Go, hold the hardware spec's, more or less, steady for years, so that games can be developed and run on a platform with a bit of lifespan.

    So I don't necessarily think its that important that it only has the top of the line 1GHZ processor - rather than, an as yet unreleased dual core, since the whole point of it, is not to chase the latest in hardware, but to be a type of platformer phone.

    I think its another choice - should sell well in some markets, and be popular in some segments, and it's no world beater - but will just be another choice that extends Androids reach.

    Don't blame Sony for not partnering with Apple to do an iOS phone - Apple isn't licensing or looking for partners. Sony's choices were Android, or write their own OS, in that order.

  1. SockRolid

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    +3

    Awww, that's cute.

    Look at Sony trying to be cool again. How cute.

  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004

    +4

    Interesring

    I will give it consideration after the phone is out on the market. Sony should have done this a year ago. I hope they don't just chase Apple, but actually innovate with this device.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: Lame

    Lame, sure a 1Ghz processor is great in my iPhone 4 I bought in July, but it'll be current about two months before the next iPhone comes out and then it'll be old hat. They should be planning this thing with a dual core processor in mind.

    And now, where oh where, are all the people to denegrate this poster and telling him things like GHz doesn't matter?

    Or do you all just mention that when someone says it in a way that makes it seem like Apple is on the short side?

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