We spent some time with Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Play mobile phone, which combines the latest Android Gingerbread operating system with a Playstation gaming console. Geared toward the gaming-first niche of smartphone users, the Xperia Play is essentially a sleeker version of the PSP. Simply slide it open and the phone goes immediately into gaming mode, with a category-defining controller right at your fingertips.
What the first generation Xperia Play lacks aesthetically it makes up for it with its abundance of entertainment options. This multimedia powerhouse allows you to effortlessly upload clips straight to YouTube or video chat with friends using the 5.1 megapixel front-facing camera. The 4" multi-touch screen is powered by a Snapdragon graphic processor, making colors crisper and 3D gaming graphics smoother than ever. All this combined with full access to the Android Market and more than 60 games available for download within the first week of launch makes for an incredible gaming experience.
Already available in most of Europe and Asia, the Xperia Play will be available stateside spring 2011.