A few months ago, you may have heard that Sony were planning on releasing a ‘PSP Phone’, but hadn’t heard or read anything since. Indeed no phone has materialised as yet… so was this just another rumour going round? It seems not. A little digging around brought us to the US Patent & Trademark Office, and in particular to application number 20070123309 which looks as if it IS for an imminent PSP Phone!
Well, we’ve got our eager designer on the case to whip up a mock of how the phone will probably look from the accompanying specs in the application and here it is…
I’m sure one would have realised this having read the application abstract:
“A mobile information terminal apparatus including a first case including a display portion, a second case, and a rotary support mechanism for supporting the first case and the second case such that the first case is horizontally rotatable with respect to the second case and the first case takes at least a first position and a second position different from the first position, in which the shapes of the mobile information terminal apparatus at the first position and the second position are substantially identical. Thus key operability, especially that for performing entertainment functions represented by gaming function, is improved and usability of the apparatus is enhanced.”
What!?!?! That makes a lot of sense doesn’t it!
From the specs, it will feature a rotatable liquid crystal display that flips round to provide both phone and gaming functionality. It will also have TV and/or Video function, Email, a camera with zoom; a slightly different keypad to the norm (as you may have guessed!) and it may possibly have Bluetooth, wireless LAN 802.11, and WAP.
It seems as though the PSP phone will be released around February time of next year which makes a fair bit of sense as Sony Ericsson normally release their latest lines of Walkman and Cybershot branded handsets toward the beginning of the year. So it wouldn’t surprise us if we also see a Sony Playstation line being announced somewhere around that time too.
Upon its release, the PSP Phone is bound to take top spot in gaming phones, so it wouldn’t shock me to see a rival phone from Nokia soon after!