A closer look at the PlayStation Phone

With the games industry currently soaking up every bit of information that it can about Sony’s new Next Generation portable this morning, it’s easy to forget about the PlayStation Phone – which last night was fully exposed by tech blog Engadget.

The device, which leads with the Xperia Play branding but will feature hints of PlayStation, boasts a four inch multitouch 854×480 LCD screen (unlike the NGP’s OLED screen), much like the one seen on the Sony Ericsson X10.

It’s powered by a single core 122.88MHz processor, an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB or RAM and 802.11n wireless, though this was inoperable in the unit tested.

The traditional slide-out PlayStation controls are joined by Android’s four traditional softkeys, a top-mounted power button and volume rocker. Exterior SIM and SD card slots mean changing these is possible without removing the battery.

Stereo loudspeakers and a USB port are present and correct, though Engadget was unable to test to twin analogue touchpads as neither appeared to be operable on the unit.

Android is said to run smoothly, as does video playback with 720p video working perfectly.

The phone also has an 5MP camera and LED flash which seemingly takes excellent pictures. Video recording appears to be capped at 800×480.

Of course, the one question that Engadget’s test couldn’t answer was how PlayStation software will be integrated on the device. Fortunately, Sony’s Tokyo event this morning for the NGP has answered this. Content will be available via the PlayStation Suite, with PSone games available to download.

There’s also the opportunity, as the machine is Android based, to download emulators. Engadget was able to get a Game Boy emulator running well on the machine.

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