Sony Ericsson’s worst kept secret of the past several months, the much anticipated and oft-snapped PlayStation phone is set to go on sale on Orange, Techwatch reports.
According to “well placed” sources of Mobile Magazine, Everything Everywhere, the umbrella brand that formed when T-Mobile and Orange merged last year, has reportedly snapped up the coveted gaming phone for an imminent UK release.
Although there is no concrete information regarding whether or not the handset will launch on both carriers, the sources claim that Orange is most likely to have first preference to offer it to punters, as it is the more “premium brand”.
The PlayStation phone, to be called the Xperia Play when it finally hits store shelves, has had the rumour mill working full-time since it was first leaked on Engadget back in August last year.
Instead of proprietary firmware, it runs on Google’s Android operating system and boasts striking resemblances with the Xperia X10, including specs that include a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and a capacious screen in the region of 4 inches.
However, like Sony’s PlayStation Portable range, the Xperia Play also packs a slide-out gamepad with physical buttons, notably a directional pad and trademark PlayStation face buttons.
You can look forward to finding out more about the Xperia Play next month when it is expected to be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So watch this space.
Source: Mobile Magazine via Techwatch