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PlayStation phone set for spring

Although Sony has yet to even officially confirm the existence of a PlayStation phone, there might be a release window for the device. According to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Sony has leaked a spring release date in North America and Europe, with a Japanese release quickly behind.

It is one of the worst kept secrets in Sony’s lineup of upcoming products. For months now we have been hearing rumors and possible leaks about the new phone, even as Sony approaches the questions with a politicians glee for denials. As early as March (and even before), huge amounts of information have been floating around about the phone. We know—or suspect, because it is still unconfirmed—that the phone will be developed by Sony Ericsson. The phone will resemble a PSP Go, feature slide out controls, a “long touch pad” in place of analog sticks, will be between a 3.7 and 4.1 inches across, feature WVGA or higher resolution, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and possibly a 5-megapixel camera.

Earlier this month a video surfaced of what may be the actual PlayStation phone in action. If the video is the real phone, it seems like it will ship with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, although it could be running a future version of Android depending on when it actually ships.

Again, for the moment this is all rumor, and until Sony officially unveils the phone, everything is based on guesswork and leaked information.

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