Sony Ericsson plans to release at least four phones this year besides the four already announced, including some in the US first, according to CEO Bert Nordberg. It wasn’t clear if the joint venture chief was referring to all smartphones or a mix of smart and “dumb” devices, although the revelation seemed to come during a conversation with Business Week in which Android was the primary focus. Nordberg stated that he hoped to eventually capture a full quarter of the Android market — up from the current 14%, reportedly — although a time frame for that goal [...]
The Xperia Play, announced at MWC, has passed the FCC. It’s not the Verizon version (which is slated for a April release, last we checked), but the European model that has UMTS 900MHz and 2100MHz bands (meaning, this won’t work on AT&T or T-Mobile 3G). As a reminder, the Xperia Play is the first phone to be able to play select Sony PlayStation titles using its PSP Go-like gaming pad, which slides out from beneath the screen. In terms of specs, the Xperia Play packs 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 single-core CPU with 400MB of RAM, plus 8GB of external storage.
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Carriers ready to host the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play continue to pile-up, with word of another European release. We’ve already heard about Rogers getting it in Canada, a handful of networks carrying it in England (with O2 managing to snag an exclusive white version), and it looks like Verizon will handle the US release. Now Virgin Mobile joins the fray as the French network supporting the phone at its launch.
French phone blog Les Mobiles reports that Virgin Mobile will start selling the SE Xperia Play in about a month, right at the end of March. We can’t say if that [...]
After the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S, it’s the just announced and launched Sony Ericsson Xperia Play‘s turn to show its pale shade off, coming exclusively to O2.
The UK Carrier tweeted that it will not only get the device but it will add the white version to its line-up together with a white version of its dock to go with the handset. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play which we met in person at MWC also has a dedicated webpage now live at the manufacturer’s address showing off pics and its specs: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 single-core CPU powered device, packing [...]
With nearly a dozen new phones announced at Mobile World Congress, you might be curious as to when the new devices will land, and perhaps more importantly, how much they’re going to cost. Most of the devices will hit Europe first, where citizens are used to paying higher non-subsidized prices for new smarpthones, so keep that in mind when you peruse the prices below:
Xperia Play: 649 EUR ($882 USD)Xperia Arc: 599 EUR ($814 USD)Xperia Neo: 479 EUR ($651 USD)Wildfire S: (299 EUR ($406)Desire S: 499 EUR ($678 USD)Incredible S: 519 EUR ($705 [...]
The Sony Ericsson Play is unlike any Android smartphone that is bound for the market. It features a slide-down gaming pad that allow you to not only play current Android game titles with a proper D-Pad and other controls, but it’ll be able to play a certain number of PlayStation titles designed for the device. Inside it’s packing a 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 single-core CPU with 400MB of RAM, running on a 4″ 854×480 display, powered by a 1500mAh CPU. It comes to Verizon wireless in March.
After going hands-on with the Xperia Play, we thought that the [...]
Sony Ericsson appears to be working on a new phone with model number MK16i, which is rumored to be a version of the Hallon (a.k.a. “Vivaz 2” and probably branded as Xperia Neo) with a keyboard. So far the only thing we know about this device — other than the fact that it bears a very similar model number to MT-15i Hallon — is that it features a six-megapixel camera (or is testing at that resolution, at least), the same as Hallon. Japanese site Blog of Mobile!!! is reporting that MK16i goes by the codename Iyokan, which Wikipedia describes as a popular Japanese [...]
It has been a long road for the Xperia Play. Photos, specs, and videos of the game-friendly Android 2.3 phone were leaked many months in advance of its official launch, which happened today at the Sony Ericsson keynote. The Play will be the first PlayStation certified device. It will come preloaded with a “legendary PlayStation title”, and look for around 50 PlayStation titles to be available at time of launch. Some games from other smartphone platforms will be ported to the Xperia Play with additional levels. Naturally, you’ll be able to play Android Market games on [...]
Major online cellphone retailer Wirefly has posted a comparison chart clearly stating that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Android gaming handset will be coming to Verizon. In comparing the Gingerbread slider to the iPhone 4, Wirefly — a large enough player to have this sort of inside information — lays out all of Play’s specs, including its four-inch FWVGA LCD, VGA front-facing camera, and 1GHz (single-core) processor. What’s not specified yet is the data capabilites on this model first made official during the Super Bowl: the obvious implication here is that 4G [...]
After months of leaked pics, rumors, hands-on videos, and now official recognition from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia Play is nearing the end of its journey to the retail world. We told you earlier today about SE’s confirmation of its formal Xperia Play announcement shortly before the Mobile World Congress on February 13. Now we’re left wondering when and where you’ll actually get the first chance to pick up one of these new experiments in Android gaming. Obviously, availability will be different in each market, but we’re starting to get a picture of which carriers [...]
Not that we didn’t already know too much about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play — including even an early review — we were certain that the manufacturer will launch the device with the occasion of the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
But because it’s always good to have a first-hand informatin, Sony Ericsson have confirmed a February 13, 2011 announcement for the Xperia Play in an Event that will take place in Barcelona, one day prior to MWC. The confirmation comes from the manufacturer’s Facebook page and there’s also a public event that you can [...]
Knowing already almost everything that matters with regards to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play — that is the Zeus or the PlayStation Phone — today we’re treated with an official device ad which was leaked and aired unofficially.
Reviewed early, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a pretty solid reason for the Android mascott to undergo some surgery in order to gain the two thumbs necessary to operate the gaming controls on the slide-out device. Also notice that the smartphone is wearing the PlayStation Certified tag, which Sony Ericsson unveiled at the end of [...]
At this point there’s little mystery left to Sony Ericsson’s so-called “PlayStation Phone” — save for actual game play footage of native titles — so the fact that it just passed through the Bluetooth SIG isn’t really as notable as it could have been. At least we can be sure that the handset, likely branded Xperia Play but known by codename Zeus and model number R800 (both listed on the certificate), will be packing a Bluetooth 2.1+EDR radio, and not 3.0 as Samsung and LG are including in many of their new models.
Expected to debut at [...]
Whether you’re a phone fan or a gamer, you’d understandably be pretty excited to get your hands on a SonyEricsson Xperia Play “PlayStation Phone” in advance of its release: brag to your friends, maybe even try to flip it on eBay, sure. Chinese site TGBUS decided to go in another direction, and has taken a screwdriver to its Xperia Play, showing us the first complete dissection of the Android smartphone.
To be fair, the TGBUS guys already have had their fun showing off the phone, and have so cleanly and precisely disassembled their Xperia Play that the [...]
The Sony Ericsson “PlayStation phone,” — possibly called the Xperia Play — has probably been the most leaked high-profile device in recent memory (even the iPhone 4 never powered on), and yet we haven’t once seen it engage in its raison d’être, namely gaming. Well thanks to Chinese-language site TGBUS, we’ve now been treated to over ten minutes of this handset getting its game on — although admittedly, its only playing regular Android titles from Gameloft such as Gangstar and Dark Quest, and not the games that are presumably being [...]
The PlayStation Phone has really been generating a lot of buzz lately and after those Hong Kong photos leaked earlier this week we get another PSP Phone goodies treat all the way from China.
The Xperia Play is said to be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 aided by a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU (yes, both the same as in the HTC Desire HD), 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, sports a 4-inch FWVGA LCD screen with 854 x 480 resolution and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. The operating system reported is Android 2.3 Gingerbread but it could ship with Android 2.4 Gingerbread by the time of its [...]
Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it will be announcing “new members of the Xperia family” at February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in a press invitation to its Sunday, February 13th presentation. As we reported earlier this week, the company recently filed trademarks for four Xperia brands: Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Arc, and Xperia Duo; while the first branding likely refers to the upcoming PlayStation Phone, codenamed Zeus, the other three are just as mysterious now as before. We do know that the manufacturer has an X10 followup known as Anzu in [...]
Sony Ericsson has recently filed for European Union trademarks on four Xperia brandings, including one — “Xperia Play” — that sounds like it could be the retail name of the company’s not-so-secret gaming smartphone. We’d initially heard that the so-called PlayStation phone would hit shelves as the Xperia Z1 — an homage to its Zeus codename, apparently — but it would make sense for the joint venture to follow other manufacturers’ leads and drop the confusing alphanumeric model numbers for catchy, easy-to-remember brands like Galaxy [...]
By Adrian Cole, Senior News Editor Pocket PC reached sales of 1 million units before it’s first birthday. In recent months, the PDA industry has exploded with growth and most significantly with increased sales of Pocket PC devices. According to NPD Intelect, Pocket PC sales are currently more than 26 percent of devices $350 and up, and that number continues to rise. “Good color screens and back-office integration have enabled the Pocket PC to make some significant inroads during the past year, in particular with its offerings for corporate customers,” said [...]