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Sony Ericsson Unveils Yari Gaming Phone

This might be the closest we will get to a PSP phone. The Yari has been launched by Sony Ericsson as the company looks set to challenge Apple's iPhone.

The Yari will almost certainly be replacing the F305 which was launched last year whose price has fallen significantly (it can be purchased for £70 at Carphone Warehouse) and will introduce the concept of gesture gaming.

According to Sony Ericsson, it will allow users to use their body to control the games through an accelerometer and a camera which can recognise hand movements. The Yahri contains three preloaded games already that take advantage of the phone's capabilities and customers can download more from the soon-to-be released PlayNow arena.

The rest of the specifications is largely unimpressive - a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, IM support, GPS, Access Netfront web browser, a sliding keypad as well as 3D support.

“With Gesture gaming, you move your body to play instead of pressing buttons on the phone, giving you a fun experience that even helps you keep fit,” said Catherine Cherry, market business manager at Sony Ericsson.

Computer Shopper tested the device and found it to be sensitive to interference from people walking around for example. Exact dates and pricing have yet to be revealed by Sony Ericsson and its partners.

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Sony Ericsson and Nokia have largely failed to create a compelling mobile gaming platform while Apple didn't even give any warning before essentially taking the market by a storm and becoming the third biggest mobile gaming player.

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