For once, the rumours are true. Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation branded smartphone is real and it runs on Google’s Android Gingerbread operating system.
Ever since Engadget leaked photos of the hotly anticipated gaming smartie, it’s been doing the rounds in the rumour mills non-stop with titbits of info trickling in at a steady pace. Now, not one but two hands-on videos of the fabled gaming phone hybrid, codenamed Zeus Z1, as we reported last week, has been leaked on the ‘tube.
These show the handset in glorious clearcam footage, revealing the slide-out gamepad that houses a directional pad and the trademark PlayStation face buttons. Though there are no analogue sticks to speak of, two suspicious looking holes on the centre suggest there may be optical trackpad instead. Shoulder buttons are present and correct too.
Unfortunately, due to the videos being shot entirely in silence (presumably to protect the user’s identity), we can’t confirm if the rumoured rear-mounted touchpad is present. So for now, we are penning that one as an exclusive for the PSP 2. There are also no games for the phone, in the videos at least, so a menu that looks distinctly similar to the PlayStation Xross Media Bar (XMB) is all we’ve got to go on.
As far as “phone” features go, Z1 packs a five-megapixel snapper with LED flash. The screen size appears to be at least 3.7-inches, almost the size of the panel on the PSPgo, except it’s touch-sensitive, which means we might finally see some touchscreen love from PlayStation games. A 1GHz processor, which has become something of a regular fixture on high-end smarties these days, is also on board, and of course, it runs on Android Gingerbread as expected.
We have to admit, despite having reservations about it at first, seeing the phone in motion has put our minds at ease. The PlayStation phone is a handsome bit of kit and looks authentic. There is no indication as to when the device will hit store shelves but a leaked flyer recently may indicate a reveal on December 9th. And with CES 2011 just around the corner, we expect an announcement very soon.