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PlayStation Phone spied in China

Sony Ericsson’s upcoming Xperia Play handset – aka the PlayStation Phone – has turned up for sale in China.

Taiwanese website ePrice says it was tipped off to the fact by a reader on the mainland, and promptly sent one of its Shenzhen-based correspondents to go and have a look.

The result: a wealth of hi-res snaps of the gadget – model number R800i – that would seem to be shots of a genuine device. Here are three – ePrice has a lot more.

The Xperia-branded handset has all the key PSP controls, which slide out like they do on the PSP Go. The layout isn’t identical, suggesting this isn’t a fake made by grafting bits of the handheld console onto a Sony Ericsson phone. The ‘joysticks’ are made from touchp

The site says the Xperia has a 4in multi-touch touchscreen and a 1GHz CPU and runs Android 2.3. The key application is PlayStation Pocket, but with no service in place and no content to download, the app doesn’t do anything now, ePrice claimed.


LG Optimus 2X shows 1080p HD quality in video footage

There’s been a lot of talk about the LG Optimus 2X and the power it holds compared to other Android devices. We saw the LG Optimus 2X officially announced at CES 2011, then followed that up with a “Hands on” from our team at CES as well. The smartphone is really at the top of the list when it comes to specs. One of those specs is the ability to shoot 1080p HD video, which is something rare in the smartphone scene still.

Here we have a user submitted video showcasing the awesome recording capabilities of the LG Optimus 2X, and how the NVIDIA Tegra2 dual-core processor is a perfect match for it. Have a watch, but if you would really like to see it in full effect, we recommend you watch it at YouTube and switch the video mode to 1080p full screen


Nexus S scores high on Quadrant benchmarks running CyanogenMod 7

The “S” in Nexus S just might stand for Speed after all, as the boys over at Android Community put the latest Dev phone through the benchmark test with Quadrant. We already knew the phone was fast, packing the latest Hummingbird processor, but it’s nice to see just how it stands up against its peers. The Nexus S in this test was running one of the recent nightly builds of CyanogenMod 7 and didn’t have ext4 implemented, nor was it overclocked. As you can see in the graph, it blows past its predecessor, the Nexus One, by quite a fair margin.

It would be interesting to see the difference in performance from the software side alone. Froyo brought a nice speed bump to Android, and Gingerbread was said to bring even more. Add in the fact that dual core processors will soon hit smartphones left and right, and it will be benchmarks like these, along with tweaked after market ROMs like Cyanogen, that fight for the crown of being the fastest and most powerful smartphone.

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