More details have surfaced regarding the still yet-to-be-announced PlayStation Phone, the most notable being that it isn’t going to be called the “PlayStation Phone” at all.
Photos that were leaked in Hong Kong reveal that the Xperia brand is clearly printed on a prototype unit of the device, which will be manufactured by Sony Ericsson, and that it will be known as the Xperia Play.
The photos of the Xperia Play offer other information that was previously unknown about the upcoming smartphone, including what operating system it will run, which appears to be Android OS 2.3 (aka Gingerbread).
This would be a sensible choice, considering the gaming-oriented nature of the most recent version of Google’s operating system; most notably, it includes support for 3D graphics acceleration.
While Sony has apparently decided to forego the use of the PlayStation branding in the name of the device, a small logo for the famed video game platform can be seen on the lower left corner of the smartphone.
Also revealed in the leaked photos is that the appearance of the trackpad will be slightly different than what people have been predicting. The track pad, which runs between the D-pad and control buttons of the device, will have two engraved circles on either end of it.
The previously speculated screen size of 3.7 inches also gained credence in light of the leaked photos, as the device was compared side-to-side with the Xperia X10 — which has a 4-inch screen — and appears to be slightly smaller.
The touchscreen display itself has been rumored to be a variation of Sony’s Bravia TV brand, bringing high-quality resolution to the handset.
Past reports have said that in addition to its touchscreen and slide-out controls, the Xperia Play will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with a clockspeed of 1 GHz, an 8 megapixel camera, 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of ROM.
The Sony Ericsson smartphone will reportedly ship with 5 games pre-loaded on it for free, with the unsubsidized price point somewhere around $500.