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Virgin Mobile stocks Xperia Play

Entertainment giant Virgin Media has announced it is carrying the Sony Ericsson ‘PlayStation’ Xperia Play mobile phone which has the ability to play PSP games, on a contract starting from £40.85 a month.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, back in February, whilst being the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. The handset has a fast processor and dedicated slide-out game controls and is backed by leading game publishers, with a number of top titles available now.

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.

The Xperia Play arrives with a 4-inch 480x853 FWVGA capacitive touch screen and is 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 a flash, whilst running from Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 with just over five and a half hours of game play from a single charge.

Virgin Media is retailing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on both 18 and 24 month contracts, for £45.96 and £40.85 a month tariffs with 1,200 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 1GB data allowance – whilst existing VM customers can pick up the phone for £35.74 a month.

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