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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Sony Ericsson Xperia Play now just £150

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play can now be had for less than £150 (excluding a compulsory £10 top up) at online retailer Dial-a-phone on T-Mobile; that's less than a third of its original selling price.

This is not only the cheapest offer (opens in new tab) for this phone in the UK but we've also heard rumours that the phone might actually be unlocked.

The Xperia Play is by far the best smartphone available under £250. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage that can be augmented to 32GB, a 4-inch capacitive 854x480 pixel screen, USB port, a five megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

In fact this could be the cheapest smartphone to run Ice Cream Sandwich, which is rather impressive. But its main selling point has to be its slide out controller that replicates faithfully the one on Sony's Playstation consoles, making it the first handset to be Playstation Certified.

The phone comes with five preinstalled games and there's a vibrant community of enthusiasts who are tinkering with the platform to make sure that it is compatible with emulators while pushing its capabilities.

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.