Monday, November 1, 2010

Tech blog Engadget got its hands on some photographs of a device purported to be a prototype "PlayStation Phone" from Sony Ericsson. The phone is a landscape slider that bears a strong resemblance to the PSP Go when opened, and instead of Sony's XMB interface, it will supposedly run Android 3.0.

As expected, Sony Ericsson would not comment to us on the photographs this morning, but Engadget apparently has a decent source of information, and they have been getting exclusives on the device since August.

Of course, rumors of a PSP Phone or PlayStation-branded phone from Sony Ericsson have been circulating since 2007, when the joint venture filed a patent application for a gaming phone. Sony Ericsson has produced a number of feature phone lines based upon Sony brands, including Cybershot, Walkman, and Bravia, and it seemed logical that a PlayStation phone would be next.

In June 2009, Japanese business journal Nikkei Shimbun said Sony had plans to set up a PSP Phone development team made up of Sony Ericsson and Sony Computer Entertainment employees. If development of the device started at that time, a functioning prototype right now would not be too outlandish of a thing for the team to have. Unfortunately, it's all still speculation for everyone who hasn't gotten their hands on a prototype.


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