Thursday, August 12, 2010

SonyEricsson, ready to play with the big boys now?

Courtesy: Endgaget

SonyEricsson has been on the sidelines watching HTC, Motorola, and Samsung having fun way too long. If anyone knows about processors as they relate to multimedia, I'll say Sony knows best. So, what are we to expect after the launch of the new Sony Experia X10. Well, what SonyEricsson has been cooking up is a new hybrid device that will run on the much anticipated Android 3.0 Operating System, the most awaited upcoming Android innovation. This device is a unique and beautiful piece of equipment. But this cell phone hybrid gives a new meaning to multi-tasking. It is first a phone running the powerful Anrdoid 3.0 OS, but the surprise is when you open the slide out piece on the bottom of the phone, you don't get a keyboard. Instead, you get a beautiful game pad controller. Oh yes! The future is looking good.... really good!

Let's take a few moments to get a glimpse into a few expected attributes of this work of art, currently in the final stages of preproduction.

Engaget reports:
"Here's what we can tell you about the hardware: if you're a gaming fan, this is exactly the kind of phone you've been waiting for. The device is described as cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go -- in other words, it's a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The D-pad is here, but instead of the small joystick, the device will have what was described as a "long touch pad" for analog controls, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons. The phone has a large display, described as being between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5 megapixel camera that we're told might not be final, and it'll likely have a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on board. The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color. Apparently it's currently branded as a Xperia device, but it looks like it will carry PlayStation branding as well. Those who've seen the phone say it looks "pretty damn sexy." The mockup above probably doesn't do the actual hardware justice, but it should give you an idea of what you'll be dealing with.

On the software side, it looks like the device will be running Gingerbread (Android 3.0) with a phone-specific skin, and there will be a new area of the Android Market specifically for the games. That content will be initially accessible only by the halo device, but from the sounds of things, these titles might be made available to other Android phones if their specs and button layouts meet requirements. Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true 3D gaming is headed to Android. Titles currently being shown off seem to be focused around some older PSX as well as new PSP offerings, with God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet possibly on tap, and future plans for titles which incorporate augmented reality features.

In terms of release, it's possible that the phone and ecosystem could be introduced as early as October of this year, but we have yet to confirm." -Engadget

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