Pocket-Lint claims to have the scoop on just when we can expect to see the mysterious PlayStation phone. According to the site, the gaming phone will be launched at MWC in February, and will be available to consumers a few months later in April. Sony Ericsson is scheduled for a Sunday evening press conference at MWC where the phone will be revealed.
The PlayStation phone's specs are not confirmed, but sources have called out a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB internal storage, and a screen in the 4-inch neighborhood. The big selling point of the PlayStation phone will obviously be the gaming aspect, with a large slide out game pad. The controls in the leaked photos appear to consist of the standard PlayStation buttons, a d-pad, and a long trackpad with dual virtual analog stick capability.
If this time line is accurate, will you be waiting for this handset to drop?
Thank your lucky stars you're living in the age of the Internet, and we're not saying that because of those naughty *tube sites. We're talking about hardware porn here, and in this case, the rumored PlayStation Phone.
Codenamed "Zeus Z1," this potentially awesome device was caught on camera in a handful of videos (one of which we've embedded below) and posted over on Engadget. If these are fake, they're really good ones and we'll admit to being fooled.
The Zeus Z1, as it appears in the videos, looks pretty much exactly the way you would expect. Rather than sporting a fold-out QWERTY keyboard, a classic PlayStation gamepad jets out instead. You can spot a PlayStation icon on the device, and there's a second video that offers up a 14-second peek at the PlayStation app.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Sony Ericsson might be working with Sony on a mobile gaming phone many are referring to as the 'PlayStation Phone.' Sony Ericsson chief Bert Nordberg didn't exactly play down the rumor, saying he's aware of the speculation on just such a device.
"There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere," Nordberg said. "Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that's very interesting."
Citing "another person familiar with the matter," WSJ says Sony Ericsson's upcoming gaming phone will likely run Google's Android OS and the games will probably be available through an application.
Good news for all you gamers on the go, the rumored PlayStation Phone is looking to be much more than a rumor. New pics of the Sony Ericsson device have popped up online, and according to Engadget, these pics do "in fact [show] the PlayStation Phone you've long been waiting for."
A slide-out gamepad gives users access to the familiar PlayStation controller that's remained largely unchanged since the PSOne. There's a 1GHz Qualcomm chip inside, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a screen measuring 3.7 to 4.1 inches.
On the software side, previous reports had the PlayStation Phone pegged with Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) with a phone-specific skin. There's also talk of a new section in the Android Market dedicated to games that will run on the PlayStation Phone.
Still no word on whether this will come out in 2010 or slip into 2011.