Today, AT&T revealed release details for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G, a device previously available to only Verizon customers in the US. The gaming-centric Android handset, also known around these parts as the “PlayStation Phone,” will hit streets on September 18th for a mere $49.99 with a new or renewing two year agreement. That date also happens to coincide with the release of the Huawei Impulse 4G.
The AT&T branded Xperia Play 4G features a 4” 480 x 854 display, Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Adreno 205 graphics processor, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 4G HSPA+ connectivity, and it runs Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. It also has a unique “stealth blue” color scheme and comes with two bonus accessories: the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock DK300 and MC100 music cable.
On the gaming side, the Xperia Play 4G will come preloaded with Dungeon Defenders Second Wave, Asphalt 6 Adrenaline, Star Battalion, Madden NFL 11, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx: My City, and Crash Bandicoot. These titles will take full advantage of the slide-out gamepad on the XP4G. Continue on to view our hands-on with the similar version from Verizon and also for more details in the press release.
Xperia™ PLAY 4G Keeps Favorite Video Games At Your Fingertips Beginning Sept. 18
First PlayStation®-certified smartphone from AT&T available for $49.99 in AT&T stores and att.com
Dallas, Texas, September 08, 2011
The Xperia™ PLAY 4G, combining a PlayStation®-certified gaming device with the capabilities and portability of an Android smartphone, arrives in AT&T* stores, and online on September 18 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement.
The Xperia PLAY 4G has dedicated gaming controls built into the phone through a slide out controller including directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys: circle, X, square and triangle.
Running the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) platform, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone in the world features a brilliant 4” 480 x 854 screen and stereo speakers.
Only AT&T customers can choose the 4G-capable Xperia PLAY, offered in an exclusive “stealth blue” color. The smartphone package is complete with bonus accessories including the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock DK300 and MC100 music cable. In addition to providing a convenient charging station, the DK300 converts the Xperia PLAY’s screen to a large clock display, and the music cable lets you connect to external speakers.** The DK300 and music cable come in the Xperia PLAY box, only from AT&T.
In addition, the device is pre-loaded with seven games, some of which are exclusive, at no additional cost including:
Dungeon Defenders™ Second Wave by Trendy Entertainment
Asphalt™ 6 Adrenaline by Gameloft
Star Battalion by Gameloft
Madden NFL™ 11 by Electronic Arts
The Sims™ 3 by Electronic Arts
Tower Bloxx™: My City by Digital Chocolate
Crash Bandicoot® by SCEA/Naughty Dog/Universal
AT&T customers will have access to 150 PLAY optimized games including Minecraft™ Pocket Edition, Battlefield: Bad Company™ 2 and Dead Space™ 2 for download and purchase through the “Get Games” recommender screen, easily accessible when you slide open the Xperia PLAY’s game controller.
Handheld Gaming and Smartphones Converge
The Xperia PLAY 4G offers a gamer’s wonderland by providing the on-the-go capabilities of an Android smartphone with the immersive entertainment appeal of a portable gaming device.
Snapdragon chipset including a 1GHz CPU and Adreno 205 graphics processor (GPU)
Runs on the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) platform
Sight and sound: 4” 480 x 854 screen, up to 60 frames per second graphics, stereo speakers
Dual camera: 5MP rear and VGA forward-facing, with video recording and chat capabilities over Wi-Fi
Hundreds of Xperia PLAY optimized games through Android Market or directly from the publishers
Pre-loaded with seven Xperia PLAY optimized games from publishers such as Gameloft and EA.
Along with the great gaming and Android capabilities, the Xperia PLAY 4G from AT&T includes Facebook Inside Xperia, a suite of Facebook functions integrated into various applications, such as friends’ birthdays in the phonebook, a “like” button in the music player, photo tags in the media gallery, and YouTube video recommendations from friends.
Pricing and Availability
The Xperia PLAY 4G arrives in AT&T stores and online on Sept. 18 and will be available for $49.99 after a two-year contract with minimum data plan.
“Gamers and smartphone fans alike will delight in the Xperia PLAY 4G’s instant access to gaming and entertainment,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’re excited to offer a device that allows consumers to have fun while still staying on top of everything in their life.”
“Our fans on AT&T have been asking for Xperia PLAY and now we’re giving them everything they need in a smartphone with what they really want – an immersive gaming experience on AT&T’s 4G Network,” said Peter Farmer, Head of Marketing for North America, Sony Ericsson. “In addition to a constantly growing list of games exclusive to and optimized for Xperia PLAY, we know AT&T customers are really going to enjoy the uniquely Sony Ericsson social experience, including Timescape and Facebook Inside.”
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**External speakers not included.
4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G device. Learn more at att.com/network.
References to screen size are measured diagonally
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About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson celebrates its 10th year as a joint venture between Sony Corporation and Ericsson in October, 2011. Over the years Sony Ericsson has brought together the best communication technologies with superior entertainment user experiences to create its Xperia™ line of the ‘most entertaining smartphones’ in the mobile handset industry. With its global corporate functions in London, Sony Ericsson has sales and marketing operations in all major regions of the world, as well as manufacturing in China, and product development sites in China, Japan, Sweden and Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit: www.sonyericsson.com/press.