Photos and video of the alleged PlayStation Phone, Sony Ericsson has consistently runs in recent weeks, setting out the data and characteristics of the device. Sony Ericsson expects to introduce the PlayStation brand smartphone with Google’s Android mobile operating system in February, and the tech blog Engadget had a series of loss events.
PlayStation first exit on the phone was a prototype in late October, shows the device uses a 1 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 1 GB of disk. Google’s Android operating system is powered prototype, code-named Zeus, but it is unclear which version is used. Reportedly, some of the equipment is tested on Android 2.2 (Froyo), while some of the most recent version 2.3 of the drive (gingerbread).
Later revelations show that the PlayStation phone has a microSD card slot, a four-inch screen, and slide-out PlayStation-like controls, with two directional pads and a touch pad in the middle. At the top are also two control buttons as on PlayStation controllers, but the phone lacks any PlayStation branding. Basically, the device is half Android smartphone, half portable gaming console.
Another video leak shows a PlayStation app on the device. It is presumably a sort of independent application store, which Sony would control to distribute specially designed games to the phone. Given the special gaming controls on the device, Sony would probably use this method to sell PlayStation phone-only games.
Overall, the device in the leaked pictures and videos looks bulky and plastic and not in the same league of slickness with high-end Android phones like the Nexus S or the Motorola Droid X.
However, so far the PlayStation phone is the monster of Loch Ness Smartphone world. Even when poked by the Wall Street Journal, Sony does not acknowledge or deny the PlayStation phone, but lost anyway (intentionally or not) are coming. The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February will possibly be the time when, or if, Sony formally unveils the PlayStation phone.