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PSP phone to feature rear-mounted touchpad and dual screens?

PSP phone to feature rear-mounted touchpad and dual screens?

The much-discussed, lesser-sighted PSP phone, AKA the PlayStation-branded phone, could be home to touch controls mounted at the back of the device and dual screens.

Specs and design for a Sony Ericsson gaming focussed device appear to have emerged in eight patent filings registered with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, which, although filed over a year ago, have only just been published.

The patents, which were uncovered by Akihabara make mention of a dual-screen-packing "handheld device with two-finger touch triggered selection” at the rear of the console. The rationale behind placing it here is that it means that users’ fingers don’t obscure the front-facing screen.

What's not yet clear is whether the patents apply to the PSP2 or the PSP phone, both of which are reportedly scheduled for release next year.

Although a SE exec has appeared to tacitly acknowledge the existence of a PSP phone, the company has yet to confirm any details. However, with a press event scheduled on December 9th that could be about to change very, very soon indeed.

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