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Orange UK To Sell Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The PlayStation Phone - otherwise known as the Xperia Play - will apparently go on sale at Everything Everywhere, the company created by the fusion of Orange and T-Mobile.

Mobile Magazine (opens in new tab) cites one of its "well placed" industry contacts as its source, who has said that Orange, as the premium brand, will almost certainly get the phone.

The Xperia Play will run on Android 2.3 with Sony Ericsson's proprietary UI (an updated version of Timescape) and looks set to come with a pre-installed PlayStation app that will access the phone's gaming functionality.

Expect the phone to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (we suspect the single core MSM8655) with 512MB RAM and loads of internal storage.

The Xperia Play will be launched at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks' time according to our sources and will be widely available within weeks in the UK.

Given that Sony Ericsson has already trademarked the name "Xperia Play" in the European Union and that the PR agency that deals with Sony Ericsson in Sweden has already purchased related domain names, it's almost a certainty that the PSP phone will be known as the Xperia Play.

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.