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The Playstation Phone will reportedly launch early next year, packing Android 3.0 Gingerbread.  (Source: Engadget)
The next killer Android smart phone may come in familiar form

On Tuesday night images leaked of an incoming device that will almost certainly shake up the mobile phone market.  That device is the long rumored PlayStation Phone.

The photos come from a reputable source -- Engadget -- which claims that they are 100 percent authentic.  The site first reported on the device back in August, but at the time it seemed like an unsubstantiated rumor.

What is particularly surprising is that rather than go on its own into the mobile phone market, Sony is wisely choosing to saddle up with the market's hottest property -- Google's Android OS.  Reportedly, the PlayStation Phone will be powered by Android 3.0 "Gingerbread".

The device will likely launch early in 2011 and may well be one of the first Android phones to support Google's much-anticipated upcoming OS overhaul.

The phone's hardware is being designed by Sony-Ericsson, a joint-venture between the Japanese Sony and Ericsson, a Swedish cell phone maker. 

The screen is slotted to be between 3.7 and 4.1 inches (it's unclear whether a size has been selected yet).  The phone will be powered by the 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 the second most powerful member of Qualcomm's "Scorpion" chip family.  That chipset means that it will probably be paired with the Adreno 205 GPU, though it could well get a custom graphics processor, given its gaming focus.

The device will pack 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, and a microSD expansion slot.  Sony may alienate some its fans in forgoing support for its Memory Stick format, but this ultimately seems like a wise decision.

Game resolution is rumored to be along the lines of the PSP/PSX.  Early titles reportedly demoed by Sony include God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet.  Users will have access both to Google's standard Android Market and to a custom Sony Marketplace.

This new device is significant in a number of ways.  First, it spells serious trouble for Apple.  As the iPhone sees its momentum bleeding away and being sucked up by Android, one of its last great draws is its superior gaming.  Now Android may be getting its own gaming powerhouse -- and with discrete controls to boot (a long-standing gripe with iPhone gaming is the lack discrete buttons).  That likely will leave Jobs and company losing plenty of sleep.

Another significant point is that the upcoming product showcases a deepening relationship between Sony and Google.  Sony has wholeheartedly thrown its enthusiasm and advertising might behind Google TV -- a new distribution of Android that looks to conquer the internet-connected TV market.  It should be interesting to see where this relationship takes both companies.

The device is reportedly currently quite buggy and its exterior is still incomplete, so the images shown are by no means a finalized case design or screen.

Still, Sony has plenty of time to iron out these issues.  And assuming it does, this may become the Android device to get early next year.  Competition may be tightening with the release of Windows Phone 7, which largely follows Android's model (multiple carriers, multiple hardware partners) and is also gaming focused.  But this upcoming handheld could steal the show if its put together with sufficient polish.

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By bplewis24 on 10/27/2010 12:13:59 AM , Rating: 3
I don't know. Something about the pics leave me feeling like this is somebody's pet hacking project and not a true prototype made by Sony Ericsson.


RE: Skeptical
By retepallen on 10/27/2010 2:46:29 AM , Rating: 3
You may be right, but the idea is sound and if implemented properly could be absolutely huge.

RE: Skeptical
By quiksilvr on 10/27/2010 9:07:33 AM , Rating: 2
This is EXACTLY what Android needs. Imagine having the entire Playstation and Playstation 2 library (and PSP library I guess) on an Android device.

And its not using crazy proprietary hardware either. Technically speaking, any Android device with a 1 GHz processor and decent touch screen can implement this (maybe a mini-USB controller dongle you can attach to your phone).

This WILL be huge.

RE: Skeptical
By AmbroseAthan on 10/27/2010 10:04:12 AM , Rating: 1
I have been playing NES and SNES games on my EVO using the touch screen, but a built in controller would definitely be very helpful. The touch screen works, but pressing similtaneous buttons can be annoying/difficult.

I would be curious what their approach would be towards the Emulator/ROM community.

RE: Skeptical
By mcnabney on 10/27/2010 10:18:13 AM , Rating: 2
I imagine there won't be a MAME front-end on the Sony marketplace, but remember - one of the joys of Android is side-loading! But Phone 7 and iPhone users wouldn't know what that is.

RE: Skeptical
By Phoque on 10/27/2010 5:02:28 PM , Rating: 1
I personally doubt it will be huge as a portable game console. It may be well regarded as an improved gaming phone, as well as a very good phone, but not much else. Appart from more horsepower, it does not yet seem to offer anything new in terms of gaming, such as the nintendo 3Ds.

People looking for a phone may consider it, but I don't think it will be very popular with those looking for a portable console. You've got to realize the phone capability will probably add to the cost significantly, putting off those looking primarily for gaming.

RE: Skeptical
By SPOOFE on 10/27/2010 6:45:43 PM , Rating: 2
Remember that it's possible to be profitable without being huge (or artificially exclusive). In the smart phone market, I'd be very skeptical that any new entrant would be expected to dominate. Offering a good feature set with good performance at a good price should be the goal, instead of trying to knock one out of the park.

RE: Skeptical
By sleepeeg3 on 10/28/2010 7:57:52 PM , Rating: 2
If the camera, battery and price are there - I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I've never even been a handheld gamer fan.

RE: Skeptical
By stm1185 on 10/27/2010 2:53:39 AM , Rating: 3
I hope it succeeds and Microsoft releases a competitor for it.

Something with dual sticks and index triggers.

RE: Skeptical
By cokbun on 10/27/2010 3:25:52 AM , Rating: 3
and don't forget the 4 red rings around the screen

RE: Skeptical
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: Skeptical
By cokbun on 10/27/2010 3:28:36 AM , Rating: 2
and dont forget the 4 red rings around the screen

RE: Skeptical
By Flunk on 10/27/10, Rating: -1
RE: Skeptical
By quiksilvr on 10/27/2010 9:08:11 AM , Rating: 5
Star Wars.

RE: Skeptical
By Alexvrb on 10/27/2010 9:25:39 PM , Rating: 2
Or with an actual d-pad (something like a Saturn d-pad or even the new 360 d-pad). The Sony d-pad has annoyed me since the PSX. I can't stand playing fighting games on it.

RE: Skeptical
By MrBlastman on 10/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: Skeptical
By Flunk on 10/27/2010 9:07:08 AM , Rating: 2
Why? you can get memory stick readers, also this article states that it has an micro SD slot.

RE: Skeptical
By Denigrate on 10/27/2010 9:09:55 AM , Rating: 4
The device will pack 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, and a microSD expansion slot. Sony may alienate some its fans in forgoing support for its Memory Stick format, but this ultimately seems like a wise decision.

Can you freaking read?

RE: Skeptical
By MrBlastman on 10/27/2010 9:18:20 AM , Rating: 5
I haven't obviously woken up yet. Thank you for beating me over the head with a brick. I will now drop my trow, jump on my desk, stick my head between my legs and sing a song while hopping up and down. ;)

Darned sweet tea, kick in already!

I read the "Sony may alienate some its fans in forgoing support for its Memory Stick format" and swear the microSD wasn't there when I read it, but, it probably was. Mr. Blastman comprehension... FAIL. :)

RE: Skeptical
By Denigrate on 10/27/2010 9:50:07 AM , Rating: 2
Now that was awesome! As mea culpa's go, that is easily the best I've seen. Rate this man up!

RE: Skeptical
By Anoxanmore on 10/27/2010 1:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
You like it rough don't lie. :P

Makes Sense... Sorta...
By Redwin on 10/27/2010 12:44:17 AM , Rating: 3
Given the explosion in popularity of gaming on both iOS and android devices since the last handheld refresh, and given also that most people would tell you Sony lost that round to Nintendo, it would almost be stupid for them NOT to make their next handheld gaming device be able to access one of those markets. Since only apple can play in their app store, Android is the only choice.

To put it another way: The next PSP needs Angry Birds

RE: Makes Sense... Sorta...
By roboray on 10/27/2010 3:23:01 AM , Rating: 2
To put it another way: The next PSP needs Angry Birds

Assuming the next PSP is the PSP phone, it will have Angry Birds. It's available for Android, you know?

RE: Makes Sense... Sorta...
By Flunk on 10/27/2010 9:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
Actually it really doesn't, if it has a better game or two equivalent games it doesn't need it at all. Games may be non-fungible but lacking one game is not that important. Quit with the fanboi trolling. It always fails the logic test.

No Keyboard?
By DarthKaos on 10/27/2010 9:21:41 AM , Rating: 2
OK I get that this would be huge but seriously, no keyboard? Make the device a little thicker and have an additional sliding panel so a keyboard can be added. I know you can use the touch screen but anyone who texts knows that touch screen sucks for texting anything more than a few words.

Don't get me wrong. I am excited for this piece of hardware but to really dominate this device has to be great at texting, talking, gaming, and run apps well. If it also is a good mp3 player it would be going head to head with apple for sure.

RE: No Keyboard?
By xkrakenx on 10/27/2010 9:56:30 AM , Rating: 2
touch keyboards are excellent now and more than adequate. I used a blackberry for years and dont miss it once I started using swype on a droid x.

RE: No Keyboard?
By JosephMcD on 10/27/2010 10:49:26 AM , Rating: 2
A normal touch keyboard is definitely cumbersome to use but anyone who has played around with Swype knows that touch screen typing has come a long way.

I would be hard pressed to want to use a physical keyboard on a phone since I've been using that program. Knowing that it came from the guys who created T9 typing you know that they can take a clunky interface and make it easy to use.

RE: No Keyboard?
By cokbun on 10/27/2010 11:15:16 AM , Rating: 1
If it also is a good mp3 player it would be going head to head with apple for sure
yeah they do, its called a WALKMAN tm

Money Maker
By Gio6518 on 10/27/2010 3:02:50 AM , Rating: 2
This phone will make tons of cash, sadly probabally going to be on AT&T (i read that it had a sim card slot somewhere).

RE: Money Maker
By Belard on 10/27/2010 3:12:09 AM , Rating: 2
at&t is not the only carrier with a SIM card.

BTW.. having a SIM card slot is great. Allows you to switch phones quickly if needed.

RE: Money Maker
By mcnabney on 10/27/2010 10:22:24 AM , Rating: 2
LTE devices on Verizon use SIM cards too.

/the more you know
//LTE has awesome latency and high bandwidth

PSPhone game store
By nafhan on 10/27/2010 10:19:45 AM , Rating: 2
I think Sony could potentially make a real killing by releasing their own game store "app" and allowing it to run on generic Android hardware. Casual games with touchscreen controls could be purchased and run on any Android device, but games requiring physical controls and/or more powerful hardware would require the user to have a PSPhone.
This way they could get users to buy into the PS marketplace without requiring them to have a PS. This would both provide Sony with an additional revenue stream, and entice users to purchase a PSPhone on their next upgrade.

RE: PSPhone game store
By priusone on 10/27/2010 11:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
My Droid has a Verizon store, so I don't see why this PSP Phone wouldn't have a PlayStation Store.

Sony will most likely find some slick way to get the PS3 and PSP-P to connect or share media/games.

Kids these days are begging their parents for smart phones, and with them wanting a hand held gaming system and a phone, well, there you have it.

I was wondering if a company was going to release any sort of slide out controller instead of a slide out keyboard, and here we have it.

Emergency call for Steve Jobs.
By Hieyeck on 10/27/2010 10:35:31 AM , Rating: 2
Pic is holding the phone wrong.

Unless he needs a pic of his inner ear.

RE: Emergency call for Steve Jobs.
By phanmc on 10/27/2010 5:10:27 PM , Rating: 2
The pic's an ode to the Nokia N-Gage and the infamous side talking.

Don't like Ericsson
By Tom Kamkari on 10/27/2010 2:30:10 AM , Rating: 1
Never like Ericsson or the sony format to be honest. they got ways to go.

RE: Don't like Ericsson
By Belard on 10/27/2010 3:08:48 AM , Rating: 2
I've generally liked them... their UI has been pretty good compared to most other regular phones.

Sony's X10 is an Android phone, as Sony has dropped their own OS for their smart phones recently.

By leexgx on 10/27/2010 12:20:17 AM , Rating: 2
The device will pack 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, and a microSD expansion slot. Sony may alienate some its fans in forgoing support for its Memory Stick format, but this ultimately seems like a wise decision.

if it came with sony format guess no one would want it

Very Interesting
By atlmann10 on 10/27/2010 1:33:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think that would be very nice to have some kind of controls in a smart phone unit along with the touch screen for keyboard, messaging, notes, mobility etc.. I would also imagine SONY would have a leg up over most on screens, media, speakers etc being as they are all in there house as well.

Hmm...I'm not sure what to think
By Wolfpup on 10/27/2010 12:14:00 PM , Rating: 2
I guess since it has a control pad that by default makes it the best phone for games, but still, I'll stick to my dedicated game systems. Hopefully this doesn't mean there won't be a PSP 2... (Although really the PSP is still the best thing out there despite being 6 years old.)

By arkkane on 10/27/2010 7:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
Love the idea of combining a game system with a smart phone. Always hoped the iphone would sell some sort of peripheral with a joystick of some sort but this seems like a much more elegant solution. Now all we need are keys and a wallet incorporated into the phone and I am set!

Why would Sony want to do this?
By DKantUno on 10/28/2010 3:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
Once this happens, expect cracked versions of PSP games running on generic Android devices soon.

They'd have to have the right hardware of course, but it is a VERY intriguing possibility.

If this is for real, I am a little puzzled as to why Sony would choose to put their proprietary gaming platform/distribution system on such an 'open' OS. Yeah I get the "larger market", and the "someone buying a PSPhone wouldn't be missing out on the Android apps" arguments, but the risk of the PSP's uniqueness and value being diluted seems very, VERY real. The only differentiator between a generic Android game and one made for the PSPhone would be...what, access to PS avatars, home, etc? And the PlayStation Network doesn't count. If God of War can be ported to an Android-based PSPhone, what's stopping it from being ported to ALL other Android-based devices? Hardware can't be a differentiator for the PSPhone either, because they WILL be overtaken in a matter of a month or so. I just don't see ANY reason why Sony would want to do this other than having a "me-too" smartphone that plays Android-based games.....just like the dozens of Android devices out there.

And btw, it's looking like Sony is playing me-too in just about every market they're in. Move is basically Wii-Remote-HD. And this too seems like a "me-too" effort.....if it is true.

By morphologia on 10/28/2010 3:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
I want one...thus far I have survived all my efforts at texting while driving, and need something more distracting.

Just kidding...please don't lynch me.

First, it spells serious trouble for Apple?
By sapiens74 on 10/27/10, Rating: -1
By Mikeadelic on 10/27/2010 8:03:20 AM , Rating: 2
This is the most foolish thing I've heard yet. The PSP Phone is as much of a threat to PSP Go as an iPhone 4 is to an iPhone 3GS.

Sony will be more than happy to kill off the lackluster sales it has had from the PSP Go to replace it with a much more successful product.

Apple has no reason to buy Sony. Steve Jobs, despite his god complex, is not a stupid businessman. He would never acquire a company that is so deeply entrenched in the high-volume, low-profit business of selling TVs, and has openly spoken against the Blu-Ray format.

FFS, the idiocy of you Apple fanboys.

By Cheesew1z69 on 10/27/2010 8:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
Um...I seriously doubt that Apple would by Sony.

By Flunk on 10/27/2010 9:07:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not threat to, replacement for.

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