The PSP Phone took one step closer to reality recently when Engadget posted photos of what appears to be an early prototype of a Sony Ericsson handset featuring PSP-style controls.
Rumors of a PSP branded phone have been around for a while, and given these new photos it looks like most of them were true.
Key hardware specs are fairly standard – 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. Screen-wise we’re looking at something between 3.7 and 4.1 inches according to Engadget. One interesting inclusion is the multi-touch trackpad running horizontally across the lower portion of the phone and in-between the standard PSP controls.
The OS of choice, at least on the hardware photographed, is Google’s Android (stock in the screenshots, but that’s expected to change for launch) at what appears to be version 2.2. Expect 3.0 (Gingerbread) in the final specs.
One interesting omission for Sony PSP fans is the Sony Memory Stick. All PSP models to date have used the company’s own standard for storage but that has made way for the more widely used microSD.
Sony are understandably tight-lipped when asked about a PSP phone, but given the hardware in the photos and Engadget’s uncanny ability to get hold of pictures of spangly new hardware in the past, this does indeed appear to be the real deal.
Only one question remains – is the PSP brand already too damaged beyond its loyal hardcore fans? Sony Ericsson will hope not.