Playstation Phone Put Through Paces (in the U.S. This Time)

Engadget has got hold of the Xperia Play, the unannounced Playstation Phone that seems awfully…available, and given it a big hardware rundown.

Lots of what we’ve heard seems to be true about the smartphone, which runs Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and includes a slide-down game controller rather than a keyboard. The screen is a 4-inch multitouch LCD with a resolution of 854 x 480, the phone carries 512MB of RAM and a processor clocked at between 122.88 MHz and 1GHz, an Adreno 205 GPU and a 1500mAh battery.

Slide down the game controller and the D-pad works natively with Android, but Engadget didn’t seem to be able to mess around with the touch-sensitive analog pads too much — they speculate those will work for games specifically designed for the Xperia Play in the future.

Engadget also downloaded and ran some emulators to try out a few games, and all of them seemed to have run pretty well. For all the time they spent making calls and trying out the camera, though, it’s still not clear what actual Xperia Play gaming will be like, or what Sony intends to do so sell those games, or just how Xperia-specific they’re going to be. More information is expected at the Mobile Wireless Congress next month, when, rumor has it, the Playstation Phone will finally be announced. So we’ll be keeping an eye out.

Anyway, the rest of the post about the phone gets a bit technical, so read the rest over at Engadget.

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