Sony Xperia Play LTE phone in the works?

Sony's launch of the Android-powered Xperia Play was supposed to be a revolution in terms of playing high end games on a mobile phone. It contains a slide out gamepad along with a list of exclusive games. It was the first smartphone that supported the mobile version of Minecraft. However, none of that was apparently enough to spur large sales of the smartphone. Now there's a new rumor that the Xperia Play may be getting a second chance with a new version.

Android Central reports that it has received a leaked memo from Verizon claiming that this week there is some internal testing going on at their company for a new version of the smartphone that includes support for Verizon's 4G LTE network. There's no word on when this new version of the phone will be released (heck, we can't even get Verizon to admit to a release date for the Galaxy Nexus, much less a LTE Xperia Play).

If such a version is indeed in its testing phase that means the phone should be released in the very near future. We do know that the Xperia Play, and indeed all of the phones in Sony's Xperia line up, will be getting a software upgrade to Android 4.0 at some point.

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I would love to get a 4g xperia play, as long as they put a bigger battery in it, the phone was useless with battery life till i bought juice defender.

I work at an AT&T store and every customer ignores this phone lol. Personally, I don't like the way it feels. The buttons are junk and it's too small. And around here we don't even have LTE yet, so yeah.

Kondrath said,
I work at an AT&T store and every customer ignores this phone lol. Personally, I don't like the way it feels. The buttons are junk and it's too small. And around here we don't even have LTE yet, so yeah.

Is it expensive? Seems cool in theory but it does look like it would be klunky..

rijp said,

Is it expensive? Seems cool in theory but it does look like it would be klunky..

It's $49.99 with a 2 year agreement. It's not bulky at all, it's just really thin and uncomfortable to hold.