Phones4U clears out Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The 18-month old Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone is currently being discounted at Phones4U for £149.95 plus a compulsory £10 top up.

The device comes with six free games (Tetris, Star Battalion, FIFA 10, Crash Bandicoot, The SIMS 3, Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors). It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is unlikely.

Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, a 4in 854 x 480 capacitive display, a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz (MSM8255), 512MB of RAM, a dedicated PlayStation-style controller, Wi-Fi, a 1500mAh battery, a microSD card slot, 8GB onboard storage, a microUSB port and Bluetooth. Sadly there's no HDMI.

The Xperia Play, which was the first smartphone to be PlayStation-certified, remains more of an experience than anything else.

A closed-environment mobile gaming platform has proved to be an incredibly tough challenge against the general purpose App markets (Apple App Store and Google Play).

Sony Ericsson, which has since been acquired by Sony and renamed as Sony Mobile, has yet to confirm whether it will launch a successor to the Play.

Source: Phones4U

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