PSP phone meets PSP Go
You may know now that Sony's mysterious PlayStation smartphone is really more a part of their Xperia product lineup, thanks to image leaks of the new device posted on a Hong Kong discussion board earlier this week. Just as rumored ages ago, the Xperia Play phone (or whatever it will be finally called) is reminscent of the PSP Go in hardware design, sliding open to reveal a trusty ol' d-pad and the quartet of PlayStation face buttons, plus two smaller circular touchpad surfaces. Now Chinese wire IT168 has posted even more images of the Xperia/PS phone, along with plenty of juicy new tech specs.
The Xperia/PS phone will be reportedly powered by the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor found in HTC's Desire HD smartphone, and will feature a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU that's said to be especially powerful for an Android-based device. It sports a 4-inch, 854 x 480 pixel LCD, 1500 mAh battery, 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM, a built-in 5 megapixel camera with autofocus (which IT168 took some test snapshots with) and two microphones, and microSD and micro-USB expansion slots.
It's game launching app in the software menu will be dubbed the "PlayStation Pocket", which should bring back memories of the cute little peripheral with its own screen and control buttons for the PSX that plugged into the console's memory card slots. There's no mistake this Xperia/PS phone will want you to live in your world and play in PlayStation's, but it's still not quite clear what sort of PlayStation software is compatible with the upcoming device. What is clear is that this doesn't seem intended to be the PSP successor, but more of a PlayStation-centric smartphone (not necessarily a bad thing in itself!).
(Image Source: IT168)