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Sony Ericsson PSP Phone Pictures Leak


Sony Ericsson PSP Phone Pictures Leak

Back in August we brought you preview designs on the long awaited, and much rumoured PlayStation phone. Now, courtesy of Engadget, what it claims to be the final device has actually been pictured.

As we suspected the device offers a screen with a control panel that slides out from underneath, and looks similar to the PSPgo that has been underwhelming everyone for the past year or so.

According to Engadget the device will run Android 3.0 Gingerbread, and will have the Sony Marketplace so you can download titles straight to your phone. You won’t be able to add any via Sony Memory Stick, as, remarkably, the phone won’t have one, sporting a microSD card slot instead. Spec wise it’s powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM.

Word on the street is that it could potentially be out for Christmas, but that early 2011 is more likely.

While Engadget insists that the image is of real hardware, gaming site Now Gamer insists that the images are indeed fake.

Our initial impression of the device, was essentially, “is that it?”, so we wouldn't be too upset to discover that this wasn't, in fact, that real deal.


October 27, 2010, 6:32 pm

Word on the web is that now gamer made up that Sony quote and have since removed it. They only got a "We don't comment on rumour and speculation" reply like everyone else.

I hope it's fake though as I feel it's underspecced. I mean if you are launching a mobile gaming platform why use yesterdays tech? It will be embarrassing when (if) Sony launches this and Samsung are like, "Yeah here's our new Galaxy phone (Out since november) with our new Orion chip which offers 5 times the GPU performance of previous generations".

It will just be a slate device too and massively outspec SE's new "Gaming Phone". *sigh* We will see.


October 27, 2010, 6:45 pm

Looks like an early prototype - the dust collecting around the screen, the machined metal parts, the crudely blurred out images of the back of the phone that might hide a prototype's markings. Large R&D departments make loads of these prototypes and many never make it to production in any form. Sony may well have built such a device to investigate the feasibility of creating a Playstation phone. IMHO it's not a fake per se, but neither is it confirmation that such a device will be hitting the shops any time soon.


October 27, 2010, 7:11 pm

Yep Now Gamer know how to fake stuff.


October 27, 2010, 7:40 pm

Nowgamer made a good point with the 'A, B' buttons observation, and on closer inspection, given some of the Chinese replica phones I've seen, making this wouldn't be that difficult.


October 27, 2010, 7:50 pm

I think thats an early Sony Ericsson prototype, you can see in the middle between the buttons and pads there suppose to be the 2 analogue sticks.

and beneath it is just a metal plate, i don't think this phone will released looking like that.

Remember people this is not the PSP2.


October 27, 2010, 10:49 pm

I was/am really looking forward to the Playstation Phone. If not for the gaming part, at least for the integration with Playstation 3. However, as is mentioned, if this is it... I am not really that excited any more.

Hans Gruber

October 27, 2010, 11:43 pm

Friday 1st February equates to the year 2008, so I think this adds to the belief that maybe this is just an early prototype device. (Devices when reset tend to go back to the date they were first programmed and this *phone?* looks like it's been reset.)


October 28, 2010, 3:45 am

This is not a fake, its just an early prototype and it will likely never see the open market. Besides, who wants multi touch analogue nubs that would be just as bad as the crappy touch screen controls on the iPhone.


October 28, 2010, 5:45 am

Looks rubbish to me. In any case, a PSP phone would still live or die by its capabilities as a smart phone. I hope everyone at Sony HQ realise that


October 28, 2010, 2:49 pm

I'd buy this machine just for the D-Pad and extra buttons!

Even this prototype would propel Android into the best gaming handheld device especially if it could run Monster Hunter Freedom ;-).


October 28, 2010, 3:03 pm

OK, Sony, here's the gameplan:

1. Take a PSP Go.

2. Add touch screen.

3. Add phone functionality.

4. Stir for 5 minutes.

5. Serve.


October 28, 2010, 5:58 pm

@FutureAlien: you forgot to add

6. For cheaper than a SIM free iPhone


October 28, 2010, 7:58 pm

It does not need a touch screen, it needs 2 anolouge sticks a Super AMOLED screen with 720x480 pix or more and 100% INTERNET functionality. Bluetooth 3.0 louder stereo speakers. Internet is so poor on the current psps's its pointless it being there.


October 29, 2010, 2:21 pm

@Zero: to be honest, I agree about the touch screen not being necessary for the PSP per se. However, since we're talking a phone here as well, a touch screen would be the most elegant way to add the necessary phone controls. Couple that with the current fascination with touch controls in general, along with the emerging class of "touch-gamers" and it's really the only way Sony can go if they want this to sell.


October 29, 2010, 4:06 pm

@FutureAlien: I agree with what you say about touch, however the PSP2 will definitely have a touchscreen for the same reasons (whether it's a standalone device or phone, or available in both flavours).


October 30, 2010, 9:56 pm

Forget about the PSPhone for a minute (even though yes we've been waiting for it for years), how about the PSPad? As a gaming device with built in browsing, apps and all the rest, surely that would blow the iPad out of the water?


October 31, 2010, 6:34 pm

@HK: No... just... no.

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