Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Here it is, the long-awaited “PlayStation phone”. Hold it vertical, and it’s a powerful Android-powered device. Turn it and slide out the gaming controls, and it is Sony’s PSP Go. It’s a fantastic-looking phone that runs the latest Android software (version 2.3). Games will be delivered via a PlayStation Pocket app, and through Sony’s planned PlayStation Suite—an upcoming delivery system that will push content across Sony’s dedicated gaming consoles and devices such as the Play. Access to PlayStation games will undoubtedly make Android an enviable gaming platform, but we’re still thin on how well it all works. We know that the Play will come with a few “legendary” (Sony Ericsson’s words, not ours) Playstation titles, but details on the depth of the games library at launch are still question marks. The Play will be launched in March.
Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1
The Galaxy S line is Samsung’s flagship Android showcase, and it’s got a significant update at the Congress ahead of Apple’s expected announcement of the next-generation iPad and iPhone.
The Galaxy S II phone is a surprisingly thin and light device with a brighter display than the already stunning Galaxy S. Alongside, the company also announced the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0, an unwieldy name for an Android-powered MP3 player that will compete with Apple’s iPod Touch
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a larger, beefed-up
version of the original 7-inch Tab. It runs Google’s impressive-looking “Honeycomb” version of the Android software, and has cameras on the front and back for video calls. Release dates for both devices are yet to be announced.
The Nokia Windows Phone
The first inkling of work afoot at the new Nokia-Microsoft (Nokiasoft? Microkia!) camp are these early concept renders of a Nokia-built Windows Phone 7 device. It will release “sometime in 2011” is all we know at this point. In a separate keynote, however, Microsoft showed off some of the new features that an upcoming
update to the Windows Phone 7 software would bring—multitasking, copy-paste and Twitter integration. The only other bit of in-depth analysis we can offer, in addition to these pictures, is “Ooh, shiny!”
LG Optimus 3D
What exactly does one do with a 3D phone? LG isn’t quite sure itself, but it does work as an excuse to pack ultra- powerful hardware into a phone. The Optimus 3D has a buzzing dual-core processor beneath its plasticky exterior, and a glasses-free LCD display, possibly similar to the one in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS. It also has dual cameras at the back that can take 3D pictures (and view, conveniently, on the 3D display). The Optimus 3D will land sometime this year.