Exclusive : Meet The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Docking Station

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the only one of the four new SE smartphones not to have a HDMI port, for strategic reasons we've been told.

However, the Xperia Play, the first Sony Playstation Certified phone, will have a docking station that will connect to any HDMI enabled device like a monitor.

The peripheral is slightly bigger than the phone itself (see the slideshow) and connects on the side to the phone, with a microUSB and 3.5mm jack linking the handset to the dock.

The one that was demoed was marked Perseus PQ1 Sample which leads us to believe that the internal codename for the Xperia Play as Perseus.

Produced in China, it also bears the markings, 10W52 and is labelled Not Type Approved which could well mean that it is still a prototype.

Players should therefore be able to plug their Xperia Play to their HD televisions via HDMI, something that turns it into a defacto competitor to the PS3; what will Sony make of that?