We've been hearing about a PlayStation Phone since August, with enough leaked video here and there to whet our appetite. But today, Engadget's got a full preview of what we now know as the Sony Xperia Play.
Engadget confirms that the phone will run Gingerbread underneath a 4-inch multitouch 854x480 LCD display. It appears to have a 1GHz processor of unknown provenance, a Adreno 205 GPU, and 512MB of RAM that put up some very impressive benchmark scores. That, combined with a better-than-decent 5MP camera and an interface that sounds modestly improved over the woeful Xperia X10, makes the Xperia play sound like it'll be a solid phone beyond any gaming considerations.
The physical buttons appear to be what you'd expect from any other Android phone: back, menu, home, and search are coupled with your standard power button and volume rocker. Of course, that's until you push the screen up to reveal the control pad.
The controls resemble the regular Dual-shock controller, except there's only one shoulder button per side instead of two. It apparently has some balance issues given the top-heavy display, although they were only able to run games off of emulators—we're still waiting for a native gaming experience.
And other than price, that's still the biggest lingering question. It's also the most important consideration overall: if the gaming's clunky, or too expensive, or glitchy, there won't be much reason for anyone to buy the Xperia Play. But if Sony Ericsson's managed to go where no n-Gage has gone before, this little handset could be a big evolution. [Engadget]