Photos of long-rumoured handset appear on web ? but are they genuine?

PSP phone images emerge

Rumours of a PlayStation phone have been around as long as the PSP itself and now out of the blue pictures of an apparent PlayStation mobile phone have appeared online – see the larger image below.

Engadget is assuring its readers that the pictured device is very real and is “headed to the market soon”. As has been previously suggested, the machine runs Google’s Android operating system and also supports a custom Sony Marketplace from which games can be purchased.

Technically it boasts a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip, which is a faster variant of one found in other Android phones such as the G2, as well as 512MB RAM and 1GB or ROM memory. The screen is around four inches wide.

The slider opens to reveal PlayStation-like controls, minus any analogue nub, as well as a central trackpad that allegedly supports multi-touch.

Engadget adds that the prototype device is rather buggy in its current state and is more likely than not to hit retail in 2011.

An Sony UK spokesperson said it has "no comment on rumour and speculation".

For the full article head over to PCR’s sister site MCV.

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