There were rumors around it back in summer but it looks like the fantasy gaming device is real, kicking, and might even see a 2010 launch even though there’s no official date floating around.
Allegedly running Android Gingerbread (2.3 or 3.0), the handset will sport a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM with a screen that looks to be in the 3.7-4.1-inch range, a microSD card slot and a 5-megapixel camera with flash (unconfirmed). The slide-out QWERTY has been dropped and replaced by a slide-out game controller many of you will find familiar, with a touchpad in the middle that is most likely to support multi-touch.
The OS pictured on the prototype is currently vanilla with no operator add-ons nor skins applied but it is rumored that the PlayStation phone will have a custom Sony Marketplace where all the games for the platform will be available for purchase.
Update: Engadget swears it’s the real thing, alive and kicking! They claim the info comes from sources “much more closely connected to the project” in addition to trusted tipsters and these seem to be at work since we now have a codename to go with the pictures. The device is called “Zeus” and at the time it was last seen it was running Android 2.x but it will be hitting the shelves with 3.0. Now is that 3.0 Gingerbread rumored to be 2.3 – or 3.0 Honeycomb? Nevertheless, above mentioned hardware is said to be either hand-built or produced in a very small batch and, again, unlike some Sony employees that don’t even know of this project, Engadget is putting all its money on it. Furthermore, a Sony employee called the pictures fake only to later retract the statement and replace it with a typical “we do not comment on rumor and speculation” and that’s a huge step there from denial to “no comment”.