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The Xperia Play From Sony Ericsson

Press release   •   Feb 18, 2011 14:00 GMT

The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the smartphone that fans have been waiting for. Not content with just being a top end handset boasting an ultra high quality screen and Android 2.3 OS, this phone also incorporates Playstation gaming, similar to the PsP portable device, bring genuine gaming to a mobile platform for the very first time.

In order to prove effective as a mobile phone as well as a gaming unit, the unit needs to sport a large and high quality screen to offer the ultimate experience. This model satisfies this demand by offering a 4 inch display that oozes quality. The screen can display a maximum resolution of 480 x 854, putting up there with the very best like the HTC Desire HD and the Apple iPhone 4 in terms of quality. The screen is a capacitive touch panel, offering great responsiveness. This is an important model for the brand as over the past year, HTC, Apple and Motorola have taken hold of the smartphone market, and the Play could re establish Sony Ericsson as a major player, but in order to do so the phone needs to not only offer great gaming, but an excellent all round phone experience. This should not prove a problem as the play houses a powerful 1Ghz processor that should ensure operation is fast and satisfying. This is coupled with 512MB of RAM and a 3D graphics accelerator. One of the more satisfying aspects to this model is that it runs on the Gingerbread 2.3 version of Android, meaning nit only can you take advantage of the very latest version of this popular platform, but you also have a world of download opportunities already available to you.

Being a gaming phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play need to sport great control options, thus the touchscreen display itself is no where near adequate enough. This is where the phones slider mechanism comes into play. Unlike other models such as the HTC 7 Pro, which reveal a keypad when the slider is activated, the Play offers a control layout similar to the PS3. This means there is a four way directional pad on the left with a matching set of four buttons on the right. In a bid to make the gaming experience as great as possible, there are also two circular touch sensitive panels that act like the analogue sticks on a console controller, enabling the most precise control possible. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a truly groundbreaking handset in the sense that it perfectly merges a top end smartphone with a portable gaming device for the first time.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia play and the Samsung Galaxy S2 are coming soon.

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