Verizon Wireless will be launching the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone.
The handset is powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread and will come pre-loaded with seven game titles, including Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation) and Tetris. Customers can expand their video game library with more than 50 game titles available at launch for download via V Cast Apps.
The handset also features slide out game pad revealing a directional keypad, dual analogue touch joystick, two shoulder buttons and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys of circle, X, square and triangle.
The smartphone comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon II processor with Adreno 205 GPU, Adobe Flash Player, 4-inch multi-touch display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting, support for Google Mobile Services and access to more than 200,000 applications available to download from Android Market.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play also boasts mobile hotspot capacity to share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will be available for pre-order online at verizonwireless.com beginning 19 May and in stores on 26 May for USD 199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at USD 39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is USD 29.99 for monthly access.