Xperia Play PlayStation phone on sale tomorrow

Sony Ericsson has announced the full launch specifications for its Xperia Play Android-powered PlayStation phone which goes on sale tomorrow.

The four-inch touchscreen device runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU alongside an embedded Adreno GPU which delivers 60fps gaming.

It's the first PlayStation-certified device, capable of playing PlayStation games using its slide-out controller pad, and comes preloaded with six titles - Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior by Digital Legends, Star Battalion by Gameloft, FIFA 10 by EA Games, Madden NFL 11 by EA Games, SIMS 3 by EA Games and Crash Bandicoot by SCEA - a list that gives an indication of the level of developer support for the new device.

The smartphone comes loaded with a host of other applications including TrackID, which can identify music by listening to a short snippet; ShowNearby which is a location-based service for finding cashpoints, restaurants and the like; Whatsap, a Wi-Fi or 3G-compliant messaging app; and FourSquare, a social networking app that uses GPS tracking to snoop on your friends.

The device is equipped with a 5.2-megapixel autofocus video and still camera with a flash, video light and image stabilising. Also included are stereo speakers and an on-screen QWERTY keyboard.

Google apps feature heavily on the device, with calendar, gallery, mapping, media, music, search and sync services all carrying the search engine's branding.

The display is a 17 million colour, TFT capacitive, 480x854 multitouch panel.

In-box accessories include a replaceable battery, stereo headphones with hands-free capabilities, and 8GB MicroSD memory card (which can be replaced with cards up to 32GB), a multimedia dock and a screen protector.

Sony Ericsson is quoting standby time of 425 hours, talk time of 6.5 hours, and gaming time of 5.5 hours.

The device comes in black or white liveries, and is available free from a number of airtime providers if you're prepared to sign up to a £35-a-month contract for two years. Off-contract, it'll set you back around £500.