Sony Ericsson has finally revealed its long-awaited Xperia Play gaming smartphone at MWC.
The smartphone element offers all the usual features of the Xperia range, delivering a four-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with a resolution of 480x854 pixels. There is a 5.1-megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash, photo light and geotagging.
However, the Xperia Play comes into its own as a gaming device. The power for the smartphone and the full-on gaming experience comes via the 1Ghz processor and the Adreno GPU graphics processor. The combination of these two processors offers 60 frames per second for gaming and browsing with little battery consumption.
The slide-out gaming control sports a digital D pad, two analogue touchpads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle.
The Xperia Play runs on Android 2.3 ( Gingerbread ) and comes with PlayStation certification, which brings PlayStation content availability via the PlayStation Suite initiative. This will include content such as the Fifa football game.
Kazuo Hirai, president of networked products and services group at Sony Corporation said: ‘I am delighted to see Xperia Play as the first PlayStation certified smartphone to hit the market. Xperia Play provides a unique consumer offering and is yet another example of great products and services coming to market that leverage Sony's strong assets.’
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is set to launch in April in the UK. It is expected to be ranged by all the networks.