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Xperia Play out in stores now

The Xperia Play is an Android-based device that runs on Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread). It features a five-megapixel autofocus camera and a front facing camera

Xperia Play out in stores now
The Play features all of the buttons and controls a PlayStation owner is accustomed to
Xperia Play out in stores now
The Plays runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Sony Ericsson is out with the much awaited ‘PlayStation certified' gaming smartphone. The Xperia Play is an Android-based device that runs on Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread).

The Play packs a 4.0-inch 480 x 854 pixel FWVGA multi-touch screen, features a five-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera and a front facing camera for video calls.

When used as a smartphone the Play grants access to all of the popular social media sites and e-mail through pre-loaded apps. Should there be a need to download other applications, the Android Market is accessible through the phone giving you access to over 150,000 apps.

Qualcomm's optimised Snapdragon processor with a 1GHz CPU and an embedded Adreno GPU reportedly delivers 60fps play-back for 3D mobile gaming and web browsing. The Xperia Play has a base memory of 400MB which is expandable via micro-SD to 32GB. The device can also be used to access PlayStation game content through the PlayStation Suite. This is currently under development and expected to be launched later in the year however.

For gaming the Play sports a D-pad for direction control, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and all the PlayStation action buttons, the square, circle, cross and triangle. Multiplayer gaming can also be engaged over WiFi.

Some games available and coming soon for the Xperia Play include Need for Speed, Sims 3 and FiFA 10 for mobile. Star Battalion and Guitar Hero will also feature on this list. Other Android compatible games can also be played on the Xperia Play however, if they are not Xperia specific, they can only be controlled by the touchscreen.

The Xperia Play is available in the UAE at a cost of US $817 with six pre-loaded games; FIFA 10, The Sims, Tetris, Star Batallion and Bruce Lee.

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