Introducing Xperia PLAY – the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone

Xperia PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson’s existing range of XperiaTM smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4” multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm’s optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Rikko Sakaguchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Creation Officer at Sony Ericsson commented: “Today is a very proud moment for Sony Ericsson as we bring something truly revolutionary to the market. Living up to our vision of Communication Entertainment, Xperia PLAY will forever change the way people think about smartphones and mobile gaming.

Xperia PLAY will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google’s AndroidT platform. The Xperia PLAY will also be the first PlayStation Certified device. This means it will have access to PlayStation game content provided through the PlayStation Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products and Services Group at Sony Corporation said: “I am delighted to see Xperia PLAY as the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to hit the market. Xperia PLAY provides a unique consumer offering and is yet another example of great products and services coming to market that leverage Sony’s strong assets.”

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the AndroidTM Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to Xperia™ PLAY includes EA’s Need For Speed, Sims 3 and a world-first multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile. GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

Mr Sakaguchi continued: “The launch of Xperia PLAY could not have been possible without the close collaboration of both Google and Sony Computer Entertainment. The commitment of so many industry leading game publishers further demonstrates that Xperia PLAY will deliver on the long-held expectations from consumers the world over.”

XperiaTM PLAY and PlayStation Certified gaming are great examples of the kind of innovation that’s possible in the open Android ecosystem,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimised for game play on Xperia PLAY, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.

Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY at a glance:

Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY
Camera 5.1 megapixel camera

Auto focus

Flash / Photo light

Geo tagging

Image stabiliser

Send to web

Touch focus

Video light

Video recording

Video blogging

Music Album art

Bluetoothâ„¢ stereo (A2DP)

Googleâ„¢ Music Player

Music tones (MP3/AAC)

PlayNowâ„¢ service*

Sony Ericsson Music player

Stereo speakers

TrackIDâ„¢ music recognition application

Internet Android Marketâ„¢*

Bookmarks

Googleâ„¢ search*

Googleâ„¢ Voice Search*

Pan & zoom

Web browser (Webkit)

Communication Call list

Conference calls

Facebookâ„¢ application (from Android Marketâ„¢)

Googleâ„¢ Talk*

Noise Shield

Polyphonic ringtones

Speakerphone

Sony Ericsson Timescapeâ„¢***

Twitterâ„¢ application (from Android Marketâ„¢)

Vibrating alert

Messaging Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM)

Conversations

Email

Google Mailâ„¢*

Instant messaging

Picture messaging (MMS)

Predictive text input

Sound recorder

Text messaging (SMS)

Design Auto rotate

Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key)

Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY)

Picture wallpaper

Touchscreen

Wallpaper animation

Entertainment 3D games

Dedicated gaming keys

Flash Liteâ„¢

Gesture gaming

Motion gaming

Video streaming

YouTubeâ„¢

Organiser Alarm clock

Calculator

Calendar

Document editors

Document readers

E-Manual

Flight mode

Google Calendarâ„¢

Google Gallery 3Dâ„¢

Infinite button

Phone book

Set-up Wizard

Widget manager

Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack

aGPS

Bluetoothâ„¢ technology

DLNA Certified

Google Latitudeâ„¢

Google Location Service

Google Mapsâ„¢ with Street View

Media Transfer Protocol support

Micro USB Connector

Modem

Synchronisation via Facebookâ„¢**

Synchronisation via Google Syncâ„¢

Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®

Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync

USB 2.0 high speed support

Wi-Fiâ„¢

Wi-Fiâ„¢ Hotspot functionality

* The service is not available in all markets.

** Requires Facebookâ„¢ application installed on the device.

Googleâ„¢ services*

* These services may not be available in every market

Android Marketâ„¢ Client

Gmailâ„¢

Google Calendarâ„¢

Google Gallery 3Dâ„¢

Google Latitudeâ„¢

Google Mapsâ„¢ with Street View

Google Media Uploader

Google Music Playerâ„¢

Google Phone-top Search

Google Search widget

Google Syncâ„¢

Google Talkâ„¢

Google Voice Search

Set-up Wizard

YouTubeâ„¢

Screen
  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Capacitive multi-touch
  • 4 inches
  • 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)
Accessories In-Box:

  • Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY
  • Battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8GB microSDâ„¢ memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation
Facts Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm

Weight: 175 grams

Phone memory: 400 MB

Memory card support: microSDâ„¢, up to 32 GB

Memory card included: 8GB microSDâ„¢

Operating system: Googleâ„¢ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7

Talk time and networks Networks

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 8 hrs 25 min*

Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 425 hrs*

Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 25 min*

Standby time UMTS: Up to 413 hrs*

Talk time CDMA2000®: Up to 7 hrs 40 min*

Standby time CDMA2000®: Up to 405 hrs*

Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min*

MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min*

Networks

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

UMTS HSPA 900, 2100

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO

Colour Black

White

Sony Ericsson Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011