O2 To Sell Sony Ericsson Xperia Play In June

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Mobile phone operator O2 has announced that it will be selling the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in early June, with the white version, which is exclusive to the company, leading the way.

O2 previously stated that it would not ship the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson's gaming phone, until a number of bugs it had encountered were ironed out; the phone was due to be launched on the 1st of April.

It didn't prevent other mobile phone operators - like Three Mobile - from selling the Xperia Play well ahead of O2, which is quite puzzling.

Stuart Hibberd, head of testing at O2, wrote on the company's blog, "I’m happy to say that the end is now in sight and we’re planning to put the Xperia PLAY on sale at the start of June. We’ll be working closely with Sony Ericsson throughout May and if everything goes to plan we’ll be happy to approve the Play and put it on sale, both the black version and our exclusive white version.”

The Xperia Play was launched at the MWC in February and was previously known as the PSP Phone. It is the first device to be PlayStation Certified and comes with a proper physical, slide out Game pad.

Aside from that, the Xperia Play runs on Gingerbread, has a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, a slew of Sony's proprietary technologies (including Mobile Bravia) and some great titles bundled with the phone.