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Images of an alleged prototype of Sony's 'PSP Phone', plus purported hardware specification details for the Android OS-based device, have hit the web. [UPDATE: Sony declined comment on the images.]

Simon Parkin, Contributor

October 27, 2010

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Images of a suspected prototype PSP Phone device have been published onto the internet by technology website Engadget. These images offer what the site claims is the first glimpse of the long-rumored device, first reported on by Gamasutra in June last year, that seeks to bring the Sony co-owned Sony Ericsson mobile phone business and its portable gaming hardware division together in a single product. The device, which shares a similar styling to that of the PSP Go, is loaded with a version of Google's Android OS, according to Engadget and runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip supported by 512MB of RAM. The current PSP, by way of comparison, has a 333MHz processor with 32MB of RAM. The site claims that the system has a D-pad and shoulder buttons as well as Sony's familiar face button configuration. Engadget reports that while there's no Memory Stick slot on the device, there is support for microSD cards. [UPDATE: A Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson initially said: "The images are definitely fake" while refusing to offer comment about the existence of the device. Sony's co-owned Sony Ericsson business and SCEE are part of disparate business units. The company has updated its statement to sites including NowGamer to reflect a 'no comment' approach, calling the reports "rumor and speculation."]

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Simon Parkin

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Simon Parkin is a freelance writer and journalist from England. He primarily writes about video games, the people who make them and the weird stories that happen in and around them for a variety of specialist and mainstream outlets including The Guardian and the New Yorker.

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