We’ve just come back from the Sony Ericsson stand. The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, neo, arc and pro are all getting the hands-on treatment so we wanted to see just what it could do. Initial reactions are very positive. Sony Ericsson have added a graphics processor which makes the whole experience very smooth and actually using the device for both gaming and day-to-day phone stuff is easy. It doesn’t feel like a phone that has been quickly converted to a gaming handheld and likewise it doesn’t feel like a gaming device that’s had a phone bolted onto it. This is a very complete, very slick device. That graphics processor by the way is an embedded Adreno GPU which does indeed drop 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and browsing. Even with this and the 1GHz CPU Sony Ericsson state that it’ll use “minimal power consumption”
Sony Ericsson were also keen to show us the camera sensor and quality – it’s something they’re keen to nail and they’re challenging visitors to take a photo inside boxes that are mounted on the wall. Nearly all phone cameras will just see a dark scene but the new Sony Ericsson devices, even without a flash, see the contents of the box. Sony Ericsson are well aware that people want to take low-light shots and they don’t always want to use a flash to do it.
The PLAY was particularly impressive and we’ll have more hands-on video up soon. Until then, here’s some up-close shots. You can get more on our Flickr gallery