Sony’s inability to keep a secret has apparently resulted in another hardware leak, with this year’s victim being the much rumored Playstation Phone. Not to be confused with the PSP2, the Playstation phone is said to be Sony Ericssons answer to the iPhone. The device will apparently use Google’s Android mobile OS and feature “a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform”.
Engadget are responsible for the leaked images which they ensure are genuine. The device appears to lack any sort of Playstation branding which is worrying, as is the absence of an analog stick. Instead, the device features an oblong-shaped touch panel which already seems outdated by today’s standards. The slide-out controls are very reminiscent of the recently reduced PSPgo and should make mobile gaming more accessable than it has ever been.
Below are some choice quotes from the Engadget article and for further details you can read the entire story here.
The device is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. The handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it’s still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.