In a recent interview, the head of Sony Ericsson would not confirm that a phone that can play PlayStation Portable games is coming soon, but he dropped some hints to suggest that such a device might be unveiled in February.
A great deal of information on this device has leaked out already, but the companies behind this device have yet to say anything official.
When Bert Nordberg, the head of Sony Ericsson, was asked about these rumors by the Wall Street Journal, he said “There’s a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere.”
Nordberg also said that he didn’t know why his company hadn’t made a PlayStation phone before now, “but the future might be brighter.”
He went on to mention, as if in passing, that his company will be making a big announcement at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in February.
According to these, the design for this device will supposedly be a slider, but with a set of game controls instead of the traditional keyboard (see image at right). The exact size of the touchscreen is not yet known, but it will be between 4.1 and 3.7 inches with at least an 800 x 600 (WVGA) resolution.
The sliding panel will be very similar to the one on the Sony PSP Go, but with a large touchpad added.
This smartphone will supposedly run the next version of Google’s Android OS (code-named Gingerbread) on a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor with 512 MB of RAM.
Users will be able to buy and download games directly on the PlayStation phone.
Rather than Sony’s usual Memory Stick slot, this smartphone will reportedly include a microSD card slot.
A 5 megapixel camera is supposedly on the specifications list, but the remaining features are still unknown.