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Pictures Of Sony Ericsson Playstation Handset Emerge

Nearly a dozen snaps of the elusive Sony Ericsson Playstation smartphone have emerged complete with technical details thanks to Engadget.

The website (opens in new tab) says that the phone is almost similar to an early prototype that appeared in August and that the rest of the specification shouldn't be different to what we already know.

It will come with a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655, a better model compared to the MSM8250 that comes with most Windows phone 7 handsets, 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM but apparently no internal storage although it will support microSD cards.

The SE Playstation phone will come with a camera equipped with a flash and a screen with a diagonal ranging from 3.7 to 4.1 inches and with a WVGA resolution (like the rest of the Xperia range).

Most importantly though, the phone has a slide out gamepad that looks very familiar to PSP gamers with the eight directional buttons (four on each side) as well as what appears to be a long touchpad.

It will be powered by Android 3.0 and will almost certainly feature a proprietary Sony-themed version of the Android marketplace which will allow games to be downloaded, not unlike the PSP Go.

Expect the Sony Ericsson to debut most realistically in 2011 as the device still contains some bugs and hasn't yet been properly skinned.

We proposed one year ago that Sony should launch a PSP Go phone and in September, it was revealed that Sony was recruiting Android engineers.

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 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.