Sony PlayStation phone with Android touted

Insiders reckon new-look slider could be out by end of this year

PSPgo-themed design and Gingerbread OS set to push Android games up against iPhone.

The clamour for a PSP phone has been relentless ever since the handheld was first conceived. And now, a gadget craved by so many could finally be seeing the light of day, thanks to a tie-in with Google Android.

A ‘trusted source’ has spilt the beans to Engadget overnight, telling the US site that the new phone will rock a similar design to the somewhat unloved PSPgo. That means a landscape slider, eschewing a standard QWERTY keyboard for gaming keys, a touchpad for analogue controls and even the same shoulder buttons as a PSP.

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The panel is rumoured to be between 3.7 and 4.1-inches, while inside a 1GHz processor will ensure games run at breakneck speed. What’s more it’ll have a camera slapped on the back, mooted to be up to 5 megapixels. It’s said to come rocking not only Xperia branding, but also the PlayStation name too.

What makes this even more exciting, however, is the talk of Android 3.0 Gingerbread being baked into the device. Word is Android Market will rock a dedicated area for games on this particular device, allowing it to give Apple what for in the battle for gaming supremacy with the iPhone. What better way for Google to break Cupertino’s dominance with a PSP phone? Titles are said to include LittleBigPlanet and Modern Warfare.

There’s even the suggestion that this Android PSP phone could be out in the wild by October, tying in with the mooted release of Gingerbread. It would certainly be THE phone to own this Christmas.

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Via Engadget