The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which has been one of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones, is set to launch at the Mobile World Congress in February. It will combine the gaming experience of the Sony PSP Go with the power of the Android OS.
We’ve already had quite a few leaks related to the Xperia Play, and we now have the complete list of hardware specs as well as some benchmark performance numbers of the Xperia Play. We have also seen it in images, and now thanks to BGR, we also have two videos of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in action. It seems to be a final production prototype and from the videos, the Xperia Play seems to be a definite hit.
Check out these two videos of the Xperia Play in action:
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the Playstation phone, comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI shell by Sony Ericsson and will be powered by a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. It has an Adreno 205 GPU and comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It has a sliding joystick instead of a keyboard which resembles the PSP Go and has performed quite well on the Quadrant and Neocore benchmarks. It will have an exclusive library of PSP games and will also support the Android Market apps and games.
During the CES 2011, there were hardly Android phones which were running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Most of the handsets were based on Android 2.2 (Froyo). However, one handset which caught the attention of the media was the Sony Ericsson Arc. The About Phone’ screen of the device showed that it was running on Android 2.4.
Looking at the version number jump from 2.3 to 2.4 it was rumored that the Android 2.4 update won’t bring many changes.
Well, now there is a twist in the tale. The official Sony Ericsson Product Blog has confirmed that the Xperia Arc runs on Android 2.3 and that Android 2.4 does not exist. The blog has confirmed that any Xperia Arc caught displaying Android 2.4 in the About Phone’ screen is nothing but a misconfiguration’. In the same post, the company has also provided some detail information about the internal specification as well as the software of the Arc.
At least this is a good news for the manufacturers. After all, they will have one less Android update to roll out.
Though the Xperia Play- the Playstation Phone – is supposed to be officially unveiled by Sony Ericsson at MWC 2011, not a day passes without some mention of the Xperia Play on the internet. It is easily the most anticipated Android smartphone of 2011. We have already given you a glimpse into the kind of processing power that the Xperia Play packs under the hood; now we have the exact hardware specs of the Xperia Play with us.
The Xperia Play is quite similar to the PSP Go, in terms of design and form factor. It will have a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels.
It will be powered by a 1 GHz CPU and has 512 MB RAM. The graphics will be handled by the Adreno 205 GPU, just like the Xperia Duo.
The hardware seems a bit underpowered, compared to the dual core processor toting Android smartphones which were unveiled at CES 2011. The Xperia Play performs quite well though, atleast according to its Quadrant and Neocore scores.
The Xperia Play will support all Android games and will also come with a separate library of exclusive games by Sony Ericsson. It will run a heavily customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The successor to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro had been leaked about 10 days back, just before 2010 ended. We had reported about the leak back then, with images of the phone outperforming most other phones in a benchmark.
Today, new images of the Xperia X10 Mini Pro 2 or the Xperia Duo have leaked along with updated hardware specifications.
It will have a 3.0 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor clocked at 800 MHz and will come with 384 MB RAM. It will ship with the latest version of Android – Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will have a 5 MP camera capable of recording 720p video.
It will also have an Adreno 205 GPU, which will highly enhance its graphic capabilities (check out these benchmarks). It will also have a horizontal QWERTY sliding keyboard.
We have already shared with you how the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone looks, what are its specifications, and what it might be called. Now, we even have some benchmarks to judge its performance.
A Chinese technology website managed to get hold of a PS phone with pre-release firmware for half-a-day. If you can read Chinese or don’t mind Google Translate, head over here for the details.
As we already know, the PlayStation phone ships with a single core processor – a 1 GHz Snapdragon. While this might soon get outdated due to the expected onslaught of dual-core Android handsets, the good news is that Sony Ericsson has done a very good job at optimizing its custom shell.
The PlayStation phone clocked in a Quadrant score of 1,733, which is admirable for any phone with default ROM. The Adreno 205 GPU also pushed the Neocore score to 59.1fps, which is once again, excellent.
The lack of cutting-edge hardware in a gaming device is surprising. In fact, one of the videos shot by IT168 shows the PlayStation phone getting beaten by another current generation phone in Dungeon Defenders. Nevertheless, at the very least, the PlayStation phone will be able to handle all current generation games. Sony will undoubtedly tap into content partners to make some big-name games available for the PlayStation phone. These games, which targeted at the device, will be accessible through a bundled app called PlayStation Pocket.
Sony Ericsson UK has confirmed that the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro and the X8 won’t be getting the Android 2.2 update after all. This news is definitely not going to please all the Xperia owners out there.
However, Sony Ericsson says that the Xperia X10 and its other siblings will get many other enhancements via software update.
Sony Ericsson has already stated that they will release a software update for the X10 in Q1 of 2011 which will bring multi-touch support to the handset. Apparently, Sony Ericsson will also release another update which will add new functionalities to the MediaScape and TimeScape UI of the handset.
However, X10, X10 Mini Pro, X10 Mini and X8 users now need to look at the Custom ROM scene for their handset to get Android 2.2 or Android 2.3 running on their handset.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was announced just yesterday at CES 2011, and is truly a magnificent phone. It has some really good hardware specifications and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at least according to the official spec sheet. However, it turns out that the Xperia Arc actually has Android 2.4, which is still called Gingerbread.
It seems that Android 2.4 doesn’t add many features or improvements to Android 2.3, hence both share the same name. There is some performance improvement as well as better visual animations. It also has a noise reduction option and video calling features.
This won’t be the first time that Google has launched two Android versions with the same name – Android 2.0 and 2.1 were both called Eclair. Before the launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the tablet version of Android, we should see the launch of Android 2.4 Gingerbread.
The Sony press conference at the CES 2011 just got over and the company announced its latest Xperia handset the Xperia Arc. The Arc is the successor to the Xperia X10. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has a 4.2-inch multi-touch’ Sony Bravia powered display.
The back of the handset sports an 8.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor and an LED flash. The handset is insanely thin at only 8.7mm. The phone also sports a mini-HDMI port which is capable of 1080p output.
The handset will have up to 512MB of internal memory along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS, microSD card slot, microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. The Xperia Arc will run on Android 2.3 when released. Quite surprising for a company known to load its handset with older versions of the Android OS. The phone will be powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
The Xperia Arc will be available in two colors Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. The handset will hit the stores by Q1 of 2011.
It’s still a few hours before Sony’s press event starts at CES 2011, but details of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, previously known as the Anzu have already been leaked.
It is an impressive device which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It sports a very stylish design and is quite slim at just 8.7 mm.
It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and comes with a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It will also have an 8 MP camera with a back illuminated sensor, autofocus and LED flash and can also record HD videos.
Here’s the official promotional video of the Xperia Arc.
Last time, Sony Ericsson angered many of its fans by announcing the Xperia X10 several months before it was ready. This time around, SE has been keeping its mouth shut. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have any idea regarding what Sony Ericsson has been cooking. The steady stream of leaks have already outed the successor to the Xperia X10 and the X10 Mini, besides revealing a new Android powered gaming phone.
At this point it’s not clear if Sony Ericsson will unveil the PlayStation phone at CES 2011 or MWC 2011. However, the newfound polish of the hardware buttons suggests that the phone is ready for manufacturing.