It appears as though the tech world has finally received confirmation on one of the hottest rumors out since August.
Engadget’s found photos of Sony’s PlayStation Phone in prototype mode, so it’s hard to speculate on all the specs. Fortunately, a few have slipped out.
The PlayStation Phone sports a powerful1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip–a chip similar to HTC’s G2 800 MGz chip but 200 MGz faster. It carries 512MB of RAM and a solid 1GB of ROM, as well as a front facing camera. The screen appears to be around 4″ with WVGA resolution, but it’s not confirmed.
The hardware is reminiscent of a cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go–it’s a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color.
The device is undoubtedly designed to favor mobile gaming (similar to the PSP), so Sony included 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. The phone will be competing in what is quickly becoming a large smartphone/gaming market, which includes Windows Phone 7 (and its Xbox Live component) and of course, Apple’s iPhone.
Possibly the most interesting aspect of the PlayStation Phone is the fact that it’s expected to run Android 3.0 Gingerbread. It’s also likely to boast a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true 3D gaming is headed to Android.
The PlayStation Phone is expected to be announced in late 2010 and possibly released in early 2011.