Xperia Play smartphone is the first
PlayStation smartphone to hit the market. AT&T just announced that it
is getting its own version of the Xperia Play called the Xperia Play 4G.
The 4G moniker doesn't imply a real 4G connection like LTE, however; the
smartphone supports the HSPA+
4G network that AT&T currently has in place. One of the most surprising
things about the Xperia Play 4G is that it will be
offered at a bargain price of $49.99 with a new 2-year agreement. That puts the
Xperia Play 4G on par with the iPhone 3GS in price.
runs Android 2.3.3, and features a Snapdragon 1GHz CPU paired with an Adreno
205 GPU. It also has a 4-inch screen with 480 x 854 resolution, a 5MP rear
camera, VGA front camera, and chat capacity over Wi-Fi.
AT&T's version of the Xperia Play will get a few exclusives to sweeten the
deal compared to the device on other networks. The phone features a special
stealth blue color and also comes with a pair of bonus accessories including
the Multimedia Dock DK300 and the MC100 music cable. That dock turns the Xperia
Play 4G into a clock as it charges and the cable lets you shoot the music on
the smartphone out to speakers you connect.
“Our fans on AT&T have been asking for Xperia Play and now we’re giving
them everything they need in a smartphone with what they really want – an
immersive gaming experience on AT&T’s 4G Network,” said Peter Farmer, Head
of Marketing for North America, Sony Ericsson. “In addition to a constantly
growing list of games exclusive to and optimized for Xperia PLAY, we know
AT&T customers are really going to enjoy the uniquely Sony Ericsson social
experience, including Timescape and Facebook Inside.”
The phone will come loaded with six games courtesy of AT&T as well. The
games include Dungeon Defenders Second Wave, Asphalt 6 Adrenalin, Star
Battalion, Madden NFL 11, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx, and Crash Bandicoot.
will hit AT&T on September 18.