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Finally! Sony Set To Release PSP-Like Smartphone

Sony will be releasing a string of high profile products that, the company hopes, will help it regain the edge against the likes of Google and Apple.

The Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) says that the Japanese consumer electronics giant is preparing a new gaming smartphone (it already has the PS3-compatible Aino) as well as a multi functional tablet computer that will take on Apple's soon-to-be launched iPad device.

The phone is likely to be rolled out courtesy of Sony Ericsson and will apparently play Playstation games, even the older ones, by downloading them from an iTunes-like online store which will be called Sony Online Service (SOS).

SOS is likely to offer everything from books to games, mobile applications, video and audio and could turn out to be one of the biggest challengers to Apple's hegemony.

Sony knows that Apple's user base is growing fast and that the number of games available for the smartphone will be expanding exponentially as more tier-1 game developers join the platform.

We've expressed our interest in a PSP Phone since last year when the new PSP Go was launched. The small format of Sony's new gaming device coupled with the fact that it had all the features that a gamer on the move might seek meant that there was only two things missing; being able to send a text and make a call.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.