Sony's PlayStation Phone shown off in detail

Little more than two months after the last serious details of the much-rumoured ''PlayStation Phone'' appeared online, a Chinese tech site has apparently gotten hold of one and given it a full working over.

IT168, as reported by Engadget, has given the phone an exhaustive (10 page) run through and came away with confirmation of a few key details. Firstly, any gaming on the Xperia-branded phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU, while processing duties will apparently be handled by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255, the same chip used in the HTC Desire HD.

The device also handily trumped a series of benchmark results published by Engadget in December last year, delivering 59.1fps in the Neocore OpenGL-ES 1.1 graphics performance benchmark and 1,733 in Aurora Softworks' Quadrant benchmark.

Other details revealed include (take a deep breath) - a 1,500mAh battery, a 854 x 480 4-inch LCD, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a microSD slot, SIM slot, micro-USB, accelerometer and a second mic on the back for active noise cancellation. On the software front, the device is running 2.3 ''Gingerbread'' with what appeared to be a custom Sony Ericsson skin.

IT168 also put the phone through its paces in terms of gaming - as one would expect with a phone primarily aimed at gaming - and found it to be an above average performer. Check out photos and video of the phone below.

Image Credits: IT168

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With what looks like just empty space in the middle, they could have at least put in a small keyboard...

The controller portion sure is ugly. It probably can't play psp games either. I guess since it's running android it can at least run emulators...

KSib said,
The controller portion sure is ugly. It probably can't play psp games either. I guess since it's running android it can at least run emulators...

I guess all of the games are installed, so this signals the official death of the UMD?

I'm going to show this to a friend, who debunked the launch of this phone. Although still not official, he works for some analysis company and made a report on Sony and says it doesn't make sense for them to launch this phone this year... lets see if he ends up being right.

Navan said,
I'm going to show this to a friend, who debunked the launch of this phone. Although still not official, he works for some analysis company and made a report on Sony and says it doesn't make sense for them to launch this phone this year... lets see if he ends up being right.

Even if they do launch it doesnt mean it makes any sense ;P

Am I the only one to think its odd that its a sony psp phone but it runs android?

Are the two functions completely seperate (doesn't look like it) in which case could we see a future official sony psp app that would allow the playing of psp games on any android phone with a 1GHz processor? - this would be all shades of awesome and I bet make them a bundle of cash

Teebor said,
Am I the only one to think its odd that its a sony psp phone but it runs android?

Are the two functions completely seperate (doesn't look like it) in which case could we see a future official sony psp app that would allow the playing of psp games on any android phone with a 1GHz processor? - this would be all shades of awesome and I bet make them a bundle of cash


You will see a official sony psp app, exclusive to this phone...

Leonick said,

You will see a official sony psp app, exclusive to this phone...

Yeah, that's kind of Sony's business model. I can't picture them releasing anything that wasn't exclusive just to this phone.

vip said,
Hard to view the pictures because half of it is hidden behind the YouKu video :l

I've seen this problem with several news stories lately. I really wish they would fix this.