Okay, so we've been seeing this device rumored for quite some time now. And its almost popped up every week since then. Whatever you wanna call it: the Xperia Play, the PlayStation Phone, the PSP Phone -- the point is, it's real, people. Only this time, Chinese website IT168 has spent a good amount of time with Sony's secret device (or not so secret). So good in fact, they decided to record gameplay footage, run benchmark tests, and even take side-by-side shots of the unit next to the PSP Go.

The device is said to be powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255 processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. The Chinese site also posted a shot of Necore running at a solid and nice 59.1fps. Not bad at all, considering the first video we saw it chugging along. The Quadrant number was also quite high at 1,733. It was also noted that all of this was running on Gingerbread, Android 2.3.

IT168 also revealed that the sleek device carried a 854 x 480 screen resolution sitting on top of a 4-inch LCD display. The Sony branded phone has a 1,500mAh battery, a 5 mega-pixel camera with LED flash, a microSD slot, SIM card slot, and a noise cancellation mic on the back.

Why didn't we see it at the Sony press conference on Wednesday? Does Sony have something in store for us, say, a seperate event? What do guys think? For all the videos and screens, hit the source link. [IT168 via Engadget]

There are 10 comments

estebancam says:

To this day I don't understand why the makers of the playstation phone, one that is based on gaming, decided to use qualcomm as the power behind the GPU on their device. There are tegra chips out there that would have been much more powerful. Heck, even hummingbird would have done a lot better. This baffles me quite a bit.

weehooherod says:

Check out the specs of the PSP, they are nothing compared to todays smart phones. Yet, the PSP still runs games very very well.

Ecoteric says:

Why don't Sony phones ever get exclusive carriers? Will the only ever just sell unlocked GSM phones?!

StrandedBrit says:

The new qualcomm gpu (which this would use) is a lot closer the hummingbird than the old so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Tegra2 is a different beast though. Maybe they have a manufacturing deal with exclusively with qualcomm?

EDIT: OT, anyone know what happened to those dualcore snapdragons? Meant to be out by now but no word on them in a while ...

noszero says:

This thing has a big buzz going. Its time for some official news while the iron is hot IMO.

JoseN305 says:

I bought the original PSP and was sad a month in with no games that interested me. This is such a weird device because it can easily exclude groups of people that either dont want a phone or already have a nice phone. Im anxoiusly waiting on Nintendos upcoming 3D handheld, come on guys, Starfox 64 in 3D?!?! Sold!

deaofly says:

I would deff drop my Evo for this if it came to sprint but none of Sony's phones has ever came to Sprint, well not that I can remember.

iPwn says:

Those are pretty bad specs for a phone meant mainly for gaming. I definitely expected more from Sony.

tompro53 says:

You people all think that its coming to North America its only going to be released in Asia.

VDub2174 says:

I still play my PSP on train rides and just randomly. I'm excited to see this being released!