Sony Ericsson is currently developing a phone with PlayStation Portable gaming capabilities. As a matter of Fact, it was reported back in March that Sony was going after the Apple iPhone with this PSP smartphone.
Now, more details have been released regarding this mysterious device. According to consumer electronics-related blog Engadget, a trusted source of theirs has informed them that the PSP smartphone will be powered by none other than the upcoming Android 3.0 [Gingerbread] with a “phone-specific” user interface.
The phone is said to feature a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a large touch-screen display between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or higher resolution, and a 5-megapixel rear camera, which could be bumped up toward launch. Additionally, the smartphone is said look as somewhat of a hybrid between a Samsung Captivate and a PSP Go, which means it would be slider. However, instead of a physical QWERTY keyboard, it will feature game controls.
As far as game controls go, the device is apparently equipped with a D-pad. It will feature a “long touch pad” in lieu of a joy stick, and standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons. The device is reportedly branded as a Xperia phone. However, it’s said to feature the PlayStation branding too. Overall, the phone is said to be “pretty damn sexy.”
The Android Market on the device will feature a new section dedicated to the games for the PSP smartphone, which will include popular PSX or PSP such as God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet.
The PSP smartphone will presumably be introduced as soon as October of this year. Again, Sony and Sony Ericsson are planning to rival the Apple iPhone and its iOS, which up to now has been deemed a great gaming platform. Such a phone would definitely put Google and its Android OS in the gaming industry. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that even Google is lending a hand on the development of this phone.
More details as soon as we learn more information. Stay tuned.