Playstation Phone outed; Engadget says it’s no fake

by X10 on October 27, 2010

in News

Playstation PhoneEarlier today Engadget followed on their scoop of a Playstation Android handset with some supposed real pictures of the device. The phone, codenamed “Zeus”, bears a strong resemblance to the PSP GO and will pack some serious hardware. The handset will be armed with a 45nm 1GHz Snapdragon (MSM8655 chipset) that comes with the Adreno 205 GPU, a screen size between 3.7-4.1-inches, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM.

Other features include a long multitouch touchpad in the middle and microSD card support. Engadget says the device is hitting soon, although looking at the images which distinctly look like a prototype I’d be surprised to see it hit in 2010. The device is expected to ship with Android Gingerbread (although the test model was running Android 2.X). Some sources claim that the pictures are fake, prompting Engadget to put up a follow-up post saying that the pictures are real according to their “trusted sources”. What’s your take, is Sony Ericsson on the right path? Is this something you’d be interested in? Let us know in the comments below.

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1 SSS-se October 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM

looks good to me

2 asdf October 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Appearance-wise it’s kind of what you’d expect. The “dual analog” touchpad is an interesting idea, and may actually work better than the current PSP “nub”. It’s kind of in an awkward position though, many people have complained about the control configuration of the PSP Go.

3 lalaine October 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

love it…

4 Matt October 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

2nd 🙂

Awesome news this – now we can play all those decent Android games using gaming controllers – this is the future baby!

5 Matt Hill October 27, 2010 at 7:44 PM

4th, damn!

6 rszo October 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Android psp means more advanced games on regular android devices. I love this idea!

7 Chris October 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

i dont see the point of the arrow buttons and the shape buttons , whats there use ?

8 goro October 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Even at this point this phone has dated hardware :D:D:D

9 Sam October 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM


Seems cool. Will be interesting to see what games will be made available and if game makers follow suit for this 1 device. It’ll be up to sony ericsson to push this device hard to all regions and most network providers for it to catch on. Otherwise it will be a mute device.

10 Rod M. October 27, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Nice! I will definitely get one if this comes out…

11 Heykiii October 27, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Insted of a PSPhone of S.E.
They should put remote play on the Xperia phone lines!
Please vote!

12 PeterL October 27, 2010 at 8:15 PM

It looks pretty cool. Like the design 😀

13 joaö October 27, 2010 at 8:16 PM

“The device is expected to ship with Android Gingerbread (although the test model was running Android 2.X).”

What does this mean? Gingerbread is Android 2.3.

14 teson October 27, 2010 at 8:21 PM

well, performance will be interesting, ndk+3.0….
Sony may either hit the wall or prove android as an ok game-platform.

15 Badboybiky October 27, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Oh I really need to work hard to get this one. At last I will sell my Xperia right away

16 Patch October 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Could not possibly care less about this. Anyone know anything more about 2.1???

17 Marc October 27, 2010 at 9:12 PM

well hope the battery will be good!

18 luiscencio October 27, 2010 at 9:17 PM

am I the only one that believes this is fake?

19 gsdude October 27, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Looks like its using (or at least based around) a Vivaz chassis looking at its shape from the picture…not really sure what to think at this stage, Engadget seem confident enough in their claims but only time will tell.

20 gsdude October 27, 2010 at 9:45 PM

P.S. could this be S.E’s ‘Big Surprise’…?

21 NinjaOne October 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM

I don’t think this is real.. Why would SE suddenly have the 4 Android buttons in the bottom, when their other phones only have 3? (And there really is no need for the Search-button)

22 aznazeep October 27, 2010 at 10:49 PM

@ joaö – “Gingerbread” is Android 3.0 not 2.3.

I like the idea of a PSP phone, battery life would be my only concern but I assume they’d put in some sort of super long lasting one or at least give you a spare battery in the box. The sooner they bring this out the better, they made a mistake taking so long to release the X10 – strong competition (and an old OS) made it seem less appealing by the time it was out on the market.

23 steve October 27, 2010 at 10:53 PM

i agree the battery life will be poor considering its a phone and psp in one phone it sounds like a good phone but in principal playing games like those of psp calibur and a phone with latest android would mean a really bad battery life

24 Ciel October 27, 2010 at 11:21 PM

SE is going to put a death touch on the PSP!
SE you stay away!

25 Wayne October 28, 2010 at 12:19 AM


Can Anyone Say Nokia NGage. Possibly another attempt by sony to move to a digital distribution method they tried it with the PSP Go but it hasn’t taken off so now they are trying again this time piggy backing off of the android platform which already has a reasonable catalog of games albeit generally basic games.

If the rumors are true it will probably ship months late with android 2.2 installed and sony promising an update to android 3 very shortly before fobbing the customers off with months of delays.

however with all that said it will be interesting to see if they will try and make the device backwards compatible with the current catalogue of games available to the PSP Go.

26 Sid October 28, 2010 at 5:59 AM

Multitouch 🙂

Its fake as SE cannot give MT

27 sn00ch October 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

To the people who think its fake –
Engadget released this annoucement a couple of months ago, if you followed engadget you’d obviously know this. When new pictures come out a couple of months later its hard to say its fake. PLUS ITS SONY. who the **** makes consoles for gaming. JUST CAUSE its something new its fake? my a***. get a grip, this will be awesome!

28 Sid hater October 28, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I would ignore SID altogether, hes just being a dumbass.

29 wert October 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

yea finally, but then its sony ericsson. im not confident with their products anymore

30 joaö October 28, 2010 at 4:12 PM

@aznazeep Gingerbread is actually 2.3, not 3.0. Take a look at this comment by a Google employee:

Since Google already placed a new statue at the Google HQ (a Gingerbread man) and 2.3 is a “major release”, Gingerbread is Android 2.3.

31 SE FAN October 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

this could be an idea to create cool smart phones, only from SE

Sound Screen Camera Gaming Office Battery

x12 9 9 12 7 10 9
x12p 8 8 8 1 0* 5 10
x12b 8 10* 10 7 7 8
x12c 8 8 16* 7 5 8
x12w 10* 8 8 8 7 8

*= Special fature
p= playstation
b= bravia
c= cybershoot
w= walkman

camera in mp
rate 1 to 10

32 Levjonek October 29, 2010 at 3:03 AM

Looks real to me. However I don’t believe it will be real PSP .. it is more likely an android phone for gamers .. I mean a phone ideal for playing actual available android games. Very good idea I think. But I’m still little bit scared about Sony’s strategy because SONY have very bad strategy in last year. For example using untypical ports is very typical for all SONY equipment and one BIG downside of SONY.

33 jude November 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

i want the zesus right away…hmmm…very cool

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