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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson has recently started to hit the world markets. I am hoping to get a review unit soon, but in the mean time we can look at the specs.

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor
  • 60fps playback
  • 5.1MP Camera with auto focus, flash, and image stabilization
  • 400MB internal memory
  • 8GB microSD included, expandable to 32GB
  • Networks: UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS HSPA 900, 2100; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900;
    CDMA2000, cdmaOne, EVDO
  • 4″, 16,777,216 colour TFT Capacitive multi-touch display, 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)
  • WiFi HotSpot capability
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • DLNA Certified
  • Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM)
  • Dedicated gaming controls – including four-way directional keys, recognizable ABCD keys with PlayStation iconography, left/right shoulder keys and two analog touch inputs for joystick action

Other than the fact that this is the incarnation of the PlayStation we’ve been talking about, there are some interesting details in that list. One of them is the CDMA band. This phone is coming to Verizon, hence the CDMA capability. It also has GSM, making AT&T a hopeful possibility. It has the 16 million color display that Xperia X10 fans have been begging for, a current Android OS, ActiveSync, WiFi HotSpot, and DLNA certification. This phone is going to be good for work or play.

Sony Ericsson is swinging for the fences this year, with the Xperia Play being just one of several Android phones to be released in 2011. Sony created a special Android Channel to market its games, as some customers found out recently. This is similar to the way AT&T or other carriers took over the My Apps tab. A number of games are already available for the Xperia Play, and more are coming.

If I were eligible for a new phone this year, the Play would be among my first choices. I am leaning toward the Xperia Pro, but being a PlayStation fan I have been keeping my eye on this one too. The main thing that bothers me is the small camera. A lot of last year’s top phones were only capable of 5MP, while Sony Ericsson led the pack with 8.1MP. This seems like a step back, especially considering other Xperias will get the 8MP this year while the Play won’t. With all the models coming, you’ll need to focus on features you absolutely need. If a better camera is a must-have, the Play may not be right for you. There will be other choices soon, including the Xperia Pro.

This looks like a really great start to the PlayStation/Android pairing, those Super Bowl commercials notwithstanding. Let’s hope the device gets the respect that the Play’s predecessor never attained. I for one will be cheering it on.