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First Pictures of the (Fake?) PlayStation Phone 124

Posted by Soulskill
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For some time now, rumors have been floating around that Sony was working on a concept for a mobile phone that also serves as a bona fide portable games console. Engadget now has pictures of a prototype for just such a device. According to the report, the PlayStation Phone will run Android, probably 3.0 (Gingerbread), and it sports "a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches." The phone has "a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it's still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you'll be interested to know that there's no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards." CT: Which would all be well and good if it was real.
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First Pictures of the (Fake?) PlayStation Phone

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  • SE uses microSD (Score:4, Informative)

    by sznupi (719324) on Wednesday October 27, 2010 @09:17AM (#34036414) Homepage

    Sony Ericsson switched to microSD in new products over a year ago...

  • by sznupi (719324) on Wednesday October 27, 2010 @09:26AM (#34036494) Homepage

    Not only SE uses microSD in new phone models for over a year, you might also learn about some of the "proprietary" (like SD is open...) "unpopular" standards with which Sony was heavily involved:
    Bluray
    HDV
    miniDV
    Hi8
    DAT
    FDD (the "standard" 3.5' one)
    CD
    S/PDIF (what do you think "S" stands for?)

  • Re:It's a fake! (Score:3, Informative)

    by tlhIngan (30335) <slashdotNO@SPAMworf.net> on Wednesday October 27, 2010 @11:07AM (#34037640)

    Really I knew it was fake at it runs android. A playstation phone would run some kind of playstation Firmware/OS. There's no way sony would run android on a "playstation" branded device.

    Well, it can run Android underneath, actually.

    People seem to be under the mistaken impression Android is free and open. It's not, it's open-source. You can lock down an Android device quite easily, and even slap a pretty shell on top of it. The only thing Sony would give you is the Linux source code, but there's no way you can run it on your PSPhone at all. And they don't even need to work with Google at all! Sony is free to ship the PSPhone without "with Google". Just like all the Archos tablets and Barnes and Noble Nooks (and soon NOok Colors) out there. And probably many more Android-running devices as well.

    Root your phone and Sony'll just make a mandatory update to fix that flaw. Even if it's Android.

    Sony can easily make a locked-down Android running PSPhone, slap their PS UI layer on top, and have it only work with Playstation Network.

    Android's just a platform, which being open-source is very adaptable to the needs of the developer. Alas, it also means that each and every developer outside of the OHA (thus without "with Google") will end up with their own marketplace app store.

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