Sony Ericsson unveils trio of new Android phones – including the Xperia Play

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson has announced three Google OS driven phones, in the Xperia neo, Xperia pro and the PlayStation 'Xperia Play' phone.

SE launched the handsets on the eve of Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, where all the phones for the best part of the year are first unveiled – with the world’s mobile phone industry watching in eager anticipation.

The Sony Ericsson PlayStation mobile phone caught all the mass attention, with its ability to play PlayStation quality games.

This is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, with a fast processor and dedicated slide-out game controls which will be backed by leading game publishers with a number of top titles being available at launch.

The Xperia Play hardware specifications have been officially confirmed after much speculation and rumour. The phone will arrive with a 4-inch 480x853 FWVGA capacitive touch screen, whilst being powered by a 1Ghz CPU with an embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor that’s capable of 60 frames per second. The mobile also has a 5.1 megapixel camera with flash, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with just over five and a half hour’s of game play from a single charge.

SE’s Xperia Play unique gaming ability comes from the gaming controls, which slides-out vertically from the phone and in much the same way as many handsets have their Qwerty keyboard’s slide-out; such as the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. These controls are a digital D pad, with two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four familiar PlayStation icons which all provide the gaming functionality.

There will be a number of key games available when the handset arrives in April, such as EA’s Need For Speed, Sims 3 and a world-first multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for the Xperia Play. GLU Mobile/Activision Hero and Gameloft’s Assassin’s Creed, along with Splinter Cell will also be arriving for the phone.

The other two handsets that were announced by Sony Ericsson are the Xperia pro, with its slide out Qwerty keyboard and Xperia neo – both of which are mid-range handsets and arrive at the end of Q1 and Q2, respectively.

The Xperia neo will tip up running Android 2.3 with a 3.7-inch 854x480 FWVGA capacitive touchscreen, with the same reality display and mobile BRAVIA engine as their Arc phone that was announced at Las Vegas’ CES event. The mobile comes with an 8.1 megapixel camera, which is backed by the Exmor R mobile sensor for better image capture in poor light, with a miniHDMI port for playback on a compatible screen.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia pro arrives with all of the same features and abilities as the neo, only with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and appears to be the X10 Mini Pro’s bigger brother. There is a new feature under the guise of Type & Send, which eliminates the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message and the smart keyboard triggers predictive messaging when opened up for use.

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