From PlayStation Phone to Xperia Play
The Xperia Play probably had more leaks than a broken pipe in the past few years. It even got a full hands-on preview by Engadget, which threw up more questions than answers about the handset with a sliding gamepad. Engadget says that the Xperia Play is "comfortable to hold" and has a "better build quality than the PSP Go" despite being "less well-balanced" than the latter. To be fair, the leaked device is a prototype, so there may be modifications to the chassis down the road and the final product will likely turn up in a better shape.
Like the Xperia X10 and Xperia Arc, the Xperia Play has the same four thin menu controls below the display and a black color scheme. The top and bottom edges are noticeably more rounded, but the most striking difference is where you slide up the top face to reveal the expansive gaming controls. These include the standard Sony PlayStation directional pad and action buttons, and what appears like touchpad controls in the centre. There are also dedicated Select, Start and Menu hardware keys.
Little else is known (not officially anyway) about the hardware specifications of the Xperia Play, although Engadget says that the device comes with a 4-inch multitouch 854 x 480-pixel touchscreen, 512MB RAM, 1,500mAh battery, slots for SIM and microSD cards and a secondary microphone above the 5-megapixel camera's LED flash at the back. Software-wise, the Xperia Play is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.