The Xperia Play is one of the most interesting device in Sony's line of smartphones. It closely resembles the PS Go but it is in fact considered a phone before a gaming device. This Playstaion phone is a unique representation that smartphone are slowly replacing single function devices such as cameras, portable gaming units, and GPS receivers. But before we give too much credit to the Xperia Play, let's take a closer look and see if it's worthy of taking over portable gaming.
As everyone can clearly see, the Xperia Play has Sony's iconic Playstaion control pad that slides out where most QWERTY keyboards are stored. This extra component essentially beefs up the unit making it slightly thicker and heavier than most Smartphones. The exact dimensions are 119 x 62 x 16 mm and the devices weighs 175 grams. But if a typical gamer can carry one device instead of two, it's actually worth consolidating your devices. To be honest, the technology of the Xperia play is not up to par with the PSP or PS Vita "YET". But Sony has the right idea and has taken its first steps in integrating single function devices.
Let's take a closer look at some important specs for the Sony Xperia Play. First, this Playstaion phone is powered by a 1 GHz Scorpion processor with Adreno 205 graphics chip. Not the greatest CPU and GPU, but let's keep in mind this is a phone. With recent advances in quad-core processors, you can bet Sony will take full advantage with future versions of the Xperia Play.
This Smartphone is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread but there are plans for updates for 4.0 ICS. The 4 inch display is a LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen that produces 480 x 854 resolution. There is a standard 400 MB storage (expandable to 32GB with microSD) and 512 MB of RAM.
The Xperia Play features a 5 mega-pixels camera with autofocus and LED flash. The primary camera is capable of video capture at 720p with geo-tagging and image stabilization. The secondary camera is a standard VGA camera. The sensors for the Play are: accelerometer, proximity, compass, and GPS.
Other notable features include: Touch-sensitive gaming controls, PSP like gaming buttons, Timescape UI, TrackID music recognition, Stereo speakers, Sony Ericsson Music player, HTML5 browser with Adobe Flash, and Android Marketplace.
The Xperia Play is Playstaion Certified and comes with a handy app called Playstaion Pocket. With this exclusive app, users can easily access classic PS One games. 3rd party Android developers are also taking advantage of the extra controls that the Xperia Play offers.
Overall, Sony Xperia Play is a great concept with very unique features. The performance of the device is a little behind in technology but stay tuned for the second version. We expect Xperia Play 2 to sport some better specs and really take advantage of current advances in mobile technology.