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Official: Sony Xperia PLAY Headed to Verizon Spring 2011

Time to welcome in a new member to the already impressive Android collection on Verizon, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY aka the Playstation Phone.  Murmurs of the device possibly hitting Big Red started last week and today, it became official in an announcement at MWC in Barcelona.  The PLAY will come to VZW first out of all the U.S. carriers and should be here some time in the spring, which means it’ll be battling it out with new versions of our beloved DROID franchise like the DROID X2.

Loading up with Gingerbread (Android 2.3), a slideout gaming keyboard, 4″ screen, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor, and a GPU capable of producing 60 FPS, this could be one heck of a fun toy.  What do you guys think?  Who’s ready for some serious gaming?

Full gallery, press release and specs after the break.  

Game On. Sony Ericsson Brings Highly Anticipated Xperia™ Play To The Verizon Wireless Network

• Xperia(TM) PLAY is the world’s first PlayStation(TM) certified smartphone
• Powered by the latest version of the Android(TM) platform (Gingerbread version 2.3)
• Xperia(TM) PLAY will be available in the United States in the Spring 2011
• More than 50 top game titles available at launch

ATLANTA, GA — Are Americans ready to play? Sony Ericsson and Verizon Wireless think so. Sony Ericsson today announced that its new Xperia™ PLAY, the world’s first PlayStation™ certified smartphone, will be available on the Verizon Wireless Network in the Spring 2011.

“This spring, expect to see a lot of people with their heads down and thumbs up,” said Peter Farmer, Head of Marketing for North America, Sony Ericsson. “Xperia™ PLAY combined with the power of the Verizon network gives you everything you need in a smartphone and the one thing you want – the ultimate gaming experience.”

Xperia™ PLAY is powered by the latest version of the Android platform (Gingerbread version 2.3) – and is PlayStation-certified, which ensures an optimized gaming experience featuring content from the PlayStation Suite. Xperia™ PLAY will provide a best-in-class gaming experience right out of the box with many of the most popular games pre-loaded, including Asphalt Adrenaline 6, Bruce Lee, Star Battalion, The Sims 3, and Tetris. More than 50 additional titles from top franchises at leading game publishers will be available for purchase at launch.

“Working with Sony Ericsson to bring the world’s first PlayStation-certified smartphone to the nation’s most reliable network builds on our commitment to deliver the best mobile gaming and entertainment experience to our customers,” said Jeff Dietel, vice president-marketing for Verizon Wireless.

According to the Entertainment Software Association’s 2010 consumer survey, in the United States:

  • 67 percent of households play computer or video games
  • 42 percent of heads of households report they play games on wireless devices, up from 20 percent in 2002
  • The average game player age is 34 and 40 percent of game players are women

Facebook users can enter the First2Play contest and could be one of the first 10 people to get the Xperia™ PLAY by visitingwww.facebook.com/SEUSA.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY Key Features:

  • PlayStation certified gaming experience
  • Latest version of the Android platform (Gingerbread version 2.3)
  • 60fps play-back enabled through the Snapdragon 1Ghz process, optimized with enhanced graphical processor unit the Adreno 205
  • Dedicated gaming controls for real console quality game play, including four-way directional keys, recognizable ABCD keys with PlayStation iconography, left/right shoulder keys and two analog touch inputs for joystick action
  • 4-inch brilliant multi-touch display
  • 5.0 megapixel camera

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About Sony Ericsson
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About Verizon Wireless
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Official Specs:

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY

Camera

  • 5.1 megapixel camera
  • Auto focus
  • Flash / Photo light
  • Geo tagging
  • Image stabiliser
  • Send to web
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Video blogging

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Google™ Music Player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™ service*
  • Sony Ericsson Music player
  • Stereo speakers
  • TrackID™ music recognition application

Internet

  • Android Market™*
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search*
  • Google™ Voice Search*
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (Webkit)

Communication

  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook™ application (from Android Market™)
  • Google™ Talk*
  • Noise Shield
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™***
  • Twitter™ application (from Android Market™)
  • Vibrating alert

Messaging

  • Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM)
  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail™*
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key)
  • Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY)
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touchscreen
  • Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Dedicated gaming keys
  • Flash Lite™
  • Gesture gaming
  • Motion gaming
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube™

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document editors
  • Document readers
  • E-Manual
  • Flight mode
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Gallery 3D™
  • Infinite button
  • Phone book
  • Set-up Wizard
  • Widget manager

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • Google Latitude™
  • Google Location Service
  • Google Maps™ with Street View
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB Connector
  • Modem
  • Synchronisation via Facebook™**
  • Synchronisation via Google Sync™
  • Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
  • USB 2.0 high speed support
  • Wi-Fi™
  • Wi-Fi™ Hotspot functionality

* The service is not available in all markets.
** Requires Facebook™ application installed on the device.

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market Android Market™ Client

  • Gmail™
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Gallery 3D™
  • Google Latitude™
  • Google Maps™ with Street View
  • Google Media Uploader
  • Google Music Player™
  • Google Phone-top Search
  • Google Search widget
  • Google Sync™
  • Google Talk™
  • Google Voice Search
  • Set-up Wizard
  • YouTube™

Screen

  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Capacitive multi-touch
  • 4 inches
  • 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)

In-Box:

  • Xperia™ PLAY
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8GB microSD™ memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

Facts

  • Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Phone memory: 400 MB
  • Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32 GB
  • Memory card included: 8GB microSD™
  • Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7

Talk time and networks Networks

  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 8 hrs 25 min*
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 425 hrs*
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 25 min*
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 413 hrs*
  • Talk time CDMA2000®: Up to 7 hrs 40 min*
  • Standby time CDMA2000®: Up to 405 hrs*
  • Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min*
  • MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min*

Networks

  • UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO

Colour

  • Black
  • White
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  • djembeman

    400 MB phone storage is ludicrous!!! Before rooting and installing whatever apps i want to my SD card, I was very frustrated with my lack of phone storage space. I’d say this should have atleast 4GB of internal phone storage. Why not 8 or 16 GB internal storage????

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  • Anonymous

    I hope the Bionic gets PlayStation certified. This is nice, but the processor will be outdated before long and the Bionic just offers a lot more for me personally. Plus, I’m not sure if I’d enjoy carrying around the extra heft of the slide out keyboard all the time just to play occasional games.

  • Anonymous

    such a fun looking device and def bests most of verizon current droid line up and even with the bionic and thunderbolt, it will be able to hold its own just because it is the only phone in it’s niche

  • Anonymous

    such a fun looking device and def bests most of verizon current droid line up and even with the bionic and thunderbolt, it will be able to hold its own just because it is the only phone in it’s niche

  • Eric

    Def gonna be my next phone.

  • Guest

    I still wish this was 4G. I know and like that it has a front facing camera but can it be used with skype? If so, I dont think itll be smooth over 3G, maybe over wi-fi.

    In that case, Im still gonna wait for the Bionic

  • Anonymous

    This phone should have came out 2 years ago….with all the beastly phones coming out and the psp2, this would be a step backwards for us cool nerds.

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  • Jawshua

    Yah sounds fun, but yeah I’m still like a year and a half away from getting my renew, and when that happens I’ll get the Bionic or whatever came along to make it obsolete. I swear, phones have the highest turnover of any tech device I know.

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    For all that this phone is supposed to do, it had better come with 4G LTE. {{-_-}}

    • http://twitter.com/Primus0001 James

      I agree

  • Worm4603

    someone tell Kellex about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10, Looks to be everything that the Xoom is , but hopefully at a cheaper price

    • Worm4603

      my bad gsm not cdma, but it does has 8 meg back camera

    • http://twitter.com/richie681 Eric Richardson

      lol Hopefully… Speculation is fun. Seeing as the Galaxy Tab (the last one) debuted at $600 for a smaller screen and half the performance…. I wouldn’t bet on it being too much cheaper, if any.

      I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be let down when it comes to pricing for these upcoming tablets. Everyone wants top of the line for practically free, and it’s not going to happen.

      • Worm4603

        with real android comp though it has to make some diff, Toshibia has dual core and honeycomb, along with xoom and now Samsung is using the same tegra 2, honeycomb, gyro, 8 meg rear, 2 meg front. No one has a leg up on the other without pricing. Xoom only advantage is beating the others to the market

  • Jeffrey Garcia

    Meh.

  • 123

    haha this looks cool but I don’t wanna be seen with it around my friends… “Wtf is that how do u text with that keyboard”

  • Lbcnate

    Can it do NESOid and even PSX4Droid?

    • Anonymous

      sure can with those hardware keys….

    • Anonymous

      oooh yea (pauly d voice)

  • Anonymous

    I am strangely interested in this phone. Something about playing MGS games is strangely compelling. I wish this could play PSP games as well.

  • http://twitter.com/Primus0001 James

    NO 4G LTE so not worth the money. I’ll get the PlayStation Suite or the NGP device

  • JumboMcNasty

    I REALLY want this phone…I’m up for an upgrade next month but I have to wait on the price…not exactly in a position to spend over $300 on a phone…..I only get $100 credit from VZW right?

    • DBK

      It’s probably more like $50 or $30 now. And it will be your last time getting that credit.

    • Anonymous

      so get it, comes out march or may.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Looks mighty nice, but still doesn’t compare to the Motorola Bionic or HTC Thunderbolt, not by a long shot.

    Although, the included gamepad is a nice touch, I gotta say.

  • http://twitter.com/robcomet1 Rob Haney

    I’m confused about the RAM and space specs of the phone. It says 400MB phone memory in the post but are they talking flash memory or RAM. Seems too low to be internal memory for a gaming phone and too odd to be the RAM. Usually RAM is 256, 512, etc. Anybody know more about this?

  • Anonymous

    Samsung must be pleased by this news. Now they won’t be slowest manufacturer on VZW to update their phones.

    The Xperia name should be Xpired. I suppose it’s nice that VZW has a Playstation phone to compete with Sprint’s DSi Phone… uhm… Echo…

    • Anonymous

      what do u have against it? it looks awesome!….plus now vzw can have a gaming side for android, and actually att delayed the updates…they plan on updating their phones so really samsung is still by far the slowest ever.

    • Mr.Joe

      This phone will come with Android 2.3 which is the current OS version for phones. Considering it’s launching with it that’s better then the 4 4G phones coming to version with 2.2.

      • Anonymous

        true…though its coming out in march like the bionic soo true…

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    I am definitely not interested. Which surprises me. I might have been won with a tegra 2 and a FFC.

    • Petersen5

      You mean nfc?

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    I may have gone for this over the TBolt if it was 4G and had a front facing camera.

  • Anonymous

    If anything, I’m shocked that an Android phone on VZW has a choice of colors. No “Any customer can have a phone painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black” logic? What is this madness!?

    • Anonymous

      no just Henry Ford.

    • Mr. Joe

      What are you talking about? The Droid 2 Global and LG Vortex has two colors available.

  • Anonymous

    If anything, I’m shocked that an Android phone on VZW has a choice of colors. No “Any customer can have a phone painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black” logic? What is this madness!?

  • http://twitter.com/droid_soldier Paul Devey

    It seems pretty awesome and a real option, but I’m waiting to see what HTC might announce. Still a long time until my upgrade from OG

  • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

    I have to say i’m not interested in this phone. Looks decent enough, but just not something i’d want. Next!

  • Mr.Joe

    This was a surprise. There hasn’t been an SE CDMA phones here in the states in like 6+ years. Glad to see them expanding.

    Verizon seems to be having a lot of great android phones come out this year!
    - TB
    -Bionic
    -Unnamed Samsung
    -DX2
    -D3
    -Revolution
    -Incredible 2

  • Mr.Joe

    This was a surprise. There hasn’t been an SE CDMA phones here in the states in like 6+ years. Glad to see them expanding.

    Verizon seems to be having a lot of great android phones come out this year!
    - TB
    -Bionic
    -Unnamed Samsung
    -DX2
    -D3
    -Revolution
    -Incredible 2

    • Anonymous

      Not to mention either the d3, dx2, or bionic will have docs as 1 of my verizon friends says…

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

    Motorola is handling the pricing on this phone for Sony. Suggested retail price will be $7299.99. Kellex will defend this price as being reasonable because… come on it has a d-pad and that comes with a premium.

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

    Motorola is handling the pricing on this phone for Sony. Suggested retail price will be $7299.99. Kellex will defend this price as being reasonable because… come on it has a d-pad and that comes with a premium.

    • Mr.Joe

      It’s a Sony Ericson phone. Remember when the original Xperia came out? That thing was like $800+!

    • Rizzidy

      Kellex is waaaaayy too defensive of #motofail

    • Rizzidy

      Kellex is waaaaayy too defensive of #motofail

      • Anonymous

        Maybe it’s me, but I don’t recall Dr. Droid jumping for joy over the XOOM pricing, or Blur, or locked bootloaders. In other words, I think your accusation is completely unfounded.

        Dr. Droid FTW!

        • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

          AGREEEEEEEEEEEED!

    • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

      Isn’t $7299.99 a bit drastic? Also, check yaself at the door.

      And like Kellex pointed out, that $1200 price point for the XOOM is no where to be found, and is EXTREMELY unlikely and will end up at $799.

      • Anonymous

        $800 is not a good price, please stop acting like it is.

      • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

        I never said it was, just simply stated that the XOOM won’t be $1200, like a lot of you people being angry over it. Also, $799 is not THAT bad, it could be worse..like said extreme price point.

        Remember, the iPhone was $600 at launch in 2007, and that’s a freakin’ phone, not as nearly as cool as the incredibly cool XOOM. So I say, deal with it, or stop complaining, or don’t buy the tablet, simple as that.

  • http://twitter.com/TheFarmerDeBoer Brady DeBoer

    Is the Adreno 205 really that powerful? The Desire HD has it and it’s labeled as mid-range for Dungeon Defenders while the Hummingbird processors are in the high-range

  • http://twitter.com/TheFarmerDeBoer Brady DeBoer

    Is the Adreno 205 really that powerful? The Desire HD has it and it’s labeled as mid-range for Dungeon Defenders while the Hummingbird processors are in the high-range

    • http://twitter.com/robcomet1 Rob Haney

      The Adreno 205 is a dedicated GPU. This is separate from the 1GHZ processor and helps give the phone that graphical edge. The 1GHZ processor on the Xperia Play, I believe is a Quallcomm of some kind. I think that is what I read somewhere. Something everyone should keep in mind: Even though this is not a dual core processor, the GPU will make up the slack that is missing from the processor. 50-60 fps is top-notch.

      • http://twitter.com/TheFarmerDeBoer Brady DeBoer

        I guess I still don’t understand how the HTC Desire HD, with this same processor, doesn’t run Dungeon Defenders as well as a Hummingbird if it can run these Playstation phone games 50-60fps

    • http://twitter.com/robcomet1 Rob Haney

      Just found where I read that about the processor: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2011/02/the-playstation-phone-due-this-spring-in-us/1

      “Additional specifications for the Xperia Play phone include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor to promise smooth 60 frames per second gameplay video.”

  • ZacharyCampione

    Could be a contender

    • DBK

      Anything that takes away sales from the i*hone is a winner in my book. :)

      • Anonymous

        Even though it has the same specs you all criticized so much on the iPhone *just sayin*

        • DBK

          Uh Actually, this thing has slightly better specs than the i*hone…..just sayin.

          • Anonymous

            How so? Elaborate please.

          • DBK

            More memory, REMOVABLE MEMORY, dedicated GPU (makes it perform as well as any current phone), bigger screen, ABLE TO UTILIZE FLASH, runs Gingerbread (which is better than iOSuck 1.4..uh..I mean 4), and…..are you ready for this…..here it comes…….2, count ‘em 2, different colors.

            AS you can see, it is vastly superior to the i*hone…..AND it is able to play playstation games ON TOP of all of that.

            So yeah…..

          • Anonymous

            Um for it to have more memory you’ll have to spend nearly $200 bucks to get your hands on a reliable classed 32 gig SD card.

            The processor wont stop it from having the typical lags android comes with due to a lack of hardware acceleration. And its still just clocked at 1 Ghz

            Bigger sxreen = subjective.

            You have a point with flash.

            Color doesn’t make a phone technology better.

            And the iPhone has a ffc, its on two carriers in America, better resolution, way thinner, hardware acceleration.

            I love android but stop being a blind fanboy.

          • DBK

            I meant more internal memory, not more removable memory, since the i*hone has none. Since you couldn’t tell, I was joking about the colors (way to be an iSheep).

            Since one of those carriers sucks, that point is automatically moot.

            As for the processor, maybe not, but that’s what the grossly superior Gingerbread is there for. And the dedicated GPU should help as well.

            And the only reason the i*hone is thinner is because it doesn’t have a pull out keyboard, so that point is not only moot but irrelevant.

          • Anonymous

            The play has 400 MB is that more than 16-33 GB of memory?

            And even though at&t is some shit you still have the CHOICE.

            And I’m not a isheep! I just like giving every os a chance I critique tipb too when there are excessive amounts of fanboyism.

          • DBK

            512 MB of RAM. Pay attention. And when you add the internal and removable together, then it is more then the i*hone’s internal, which is all it has.

            For most, AT&T isn’t even a thought, let alone a choice. So again, point moot.

            I would give it the i*hone a chance if it didn’t suck so much. When it can legitimately (and fully) compete with Androids/Droids, then give me a call. I refuse to support, let alone speak positively about, a blaringly inferior product.

          • Anonymous

            Pay attention, the iP4 has 512 MB of RAM too where have you been for the past year?And you still have to pay like $200+ to get a 32 GB SD card to get more memory anyways.

            If the iPhone is sooo inferior then why keep its name in your mouth? Compare it to another device thats better then, like a WP7 device or even a new HP device.

          • Anonymous

            The 2nd gen Snapdragon at 1 GHz is quite a bit faster than the 800 MHz A4 in the iPhone, they both have 512 MB ram and yes, the iPhone has 16 or 32 GB internal whereas this only has 400 MB and an 8 GB card (I agree, pretty crappy) but that’s what the sdcard slot is for (a 16 GB card can be had for relatively low cost nowadays). This also has a much bigger screen (yeah yeah, subjective, but I prefer a bigger screen as do many people). I, like most here, also think Android is superior to iOS.

    • DBK

      Anything that takes away sales from the i*hone is a winner in my book. :)

  • ZacharyCampione

    Could be a contender

  • DBK

    Cool. Looks pretty decent.

    • DBK

      Lol First….Wow…Awesome…..

    • DBK

      Lol First….Wow…Awesome…..