Sony Announces the Xperia Play

Are both of your pockets always full? In one you have your phone, and the other a silly handheld gaming device? No more! Sony has announced the Xperia play, previously known as the rumored PlayStation Phone!

The Xperia play is exactly what its rumored name was, a PlayStation Phone. Make calls, browse the web, take pictures, and all those other fancy features your phone can do along with playing full fledge titles using an actual control pad rather than a keypad or onscreen controls. The only exception is a touch pad on the middle of the system for analog control.

As of right now, the only carrier listed for the platform is Verizon, but Sony is working with other carriers to have the phone available at a later date.

So when can you get your hands on the Xperia Play? March 2011, available in either black or white.  The platform will launch with 50 titles, with Asphalt Adrenaline 6, Bruce Lee, Star Battalion, The Sims 3 and Tetris pre-loaded on the platform. While not available at launch, Sony is looking into the ability yo  play titles from the Xperia Play directly on a TV using an HDMI cable.

Sony also released a bunch of information on random features and specs for the system. You can check out that massive list after the jump. Although it is notable that the battery life for pure gameplay time is 5 hours and 30minutes.

So, Xperia Play. Yey or nay?

(HDMI and Carrier Source: andriasang)

Camera 5.1 megapixel camera
Auto focus
Flash / Photo light
Geo tagging
Image stabilizer
Send to web
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
Video blogging
Music Album art
BluetoothTM stereo (A2DP)
GoogleTM Music Player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNowTM service*
Sony Ericsson Music player
Stereo speakers
TrackIDTM music recognition application
Internet Android MarketTM*
GoogleTM search*
GoogleTM Voice Search*
Pan & zoom
Web browser (Webkit)
Communication Call list
Conference calls
FacebookTM application (from Android MarketTM)
GoogleTM Talk*
Noise Shield
Polyphonic ringtones
Sony Ericsson TimescapeTM***
TwitterTM application (from Android MarketTM)
Vibrating alert
Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM)
Google MailTM*
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
Auto rotate
Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key)
Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY)
Picture wallpaper
Wallpaper animation
Entertainment 3D games
Dedicated gaming keys
Flash LiteTM
Gesture gaming
Motion gaming
Video streaming
Alarm clock
Document editors
Document readers
Flight mode
Google CalendarTM
Google Gallery 3DTM
Infinite button
Phone book
Set-up Wizard
Widget manager
3.5 mm audio jack
BluetoothTM technology
DLNA Certified
Google LatitudeTM
Google Location Service
Google MapsTM with Street View
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB Connector
Synchronisation via FacebookTM**
Synchronisation via Google SyncTM
Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
USB 2.0 high speed support
Wi-FiTM Hotspot functionality

  • The service is not available in all markets.

** Requires FacebookTM application installed on the device.
GoogleTM services*

  • These services may not be available in every market Android MarketTMClient

Google CalendarTM
Google Gallery 3DTM
Google LatitudeTM
Google MapsTM with Street View
Google Media Uploader
Google Music PlayerTM
Google Phone-top Search
Google Search widget
Google SyncTM
Google TalkTM
Google Voice Search
Set-up Wizard

  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Capacitive multi-touch
  • 4 inches
  • 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)

Accessories In-Box:

  • XperiaTM PLAY
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8GB microSDTM memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

Facts Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm
Weight: 175 grams

Phone memory: 400 MB

Memory card support: microSDTM, up to 32 GB

Memory card included: 8GB microSDTM

Operating system: GoogleTM Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7

Talk time and networks Networks

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®: Up to 7 hrs 40 min*
Standby time CDMA2000®: Up to 405 hrs*

Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min*
MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min*

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO
Color Black

(Specs Source: Press Release)

2 thoughts on “Sony Announces the Xperia Play”

  1. I think i’ll get one. I still back in the stone ages because I have been waiting for a phone upgrade to get a new phone. I might get this when it comes up in a few months.

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