Since around the end of August 2010 there has been a lot of hubbub surrounding Sony Ericsson and a large number of rumors have surfaced concerning the potential combination of a gaming medium and a smartphone all based on an Android platform. It has been no secret that Google have been engineering their operating system to be better able to cope with games and this has made it the perfect operating system for Sony Ericsson to release their latest handset. As of March 2011, the Xperia Play, Playstation certified gaming smartphone will hit the shops.
Although most do not realize it, but this is a big risk for Sony Ericsson as prior smartphone hybrids that have attempted to follow the same path as the Xperia Play, such as the Nokia N-Gage, have only ended up as expensive mistakes with poor sales and harsh reviews. However, many experts have said that the timing of the release of Nokia’s N-Gage handset was poor and right now it seems that with the amazing popularity of downloadable smartphone applications and games, the time for releasing a gaming smartphone could not be better than it is at this moment in time.
Powering this machine is an important point to consider as with mobile gaming a strong foundation of hardware is needed before you even start optimizing games to be compatible. Luckily the Xperia Play looks like it will be able to compete with the top of the bunch in terms of frame rates and computing ability with its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an embedded graphics processing unit made by the same company.
On top of the amazing ability of the hardware specifications, the Xperia Play is quite an accomplished handset with the latest version of the Google Android OS, version 2.3 or Gingerbread, and great navigational menus similar to the Playstation Portable interface. Additionally it comes with an impressively capable five megapixel camera, though the one drawback is that it is incapable of recording high definition video.
Ultimately it is very common for hybrid devices that try to do more than one thing end up not being able to do anything particularly well and fail because of this. However, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play does not seem to be showing any of those characteristics and it is quite clear that it is a formidable device and could very well pave the way for the future of mobile gaming, changing the sector as we know it.
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