NTT DOCOMO Intros Xperia PLAY SO-01D

The first PlayStation-certified smartphone from Sony Ericsson

Japan's NTT DOCOMO is yet another wireless carrier in the world which announced plans to add to its offering the Xperia PLAY smartphone from Sony Ericsson.

The company has just announced plans to add the new mobile phone to its offering, and said that it will be released later during the fall.

For those out of the loop, we should note that this is the first Android-based smartphone from Sony Ericsson to come to the market with PlayStation certification.

Dubbed the docomo Smartphone Xperia PLAY SO-01D, the new device comes with a side-sliding gaming controller that sports the usual PlayStation buttons.

The popular four action buttons (cross, square, circle and triangle) will be there, along with two analog touch pads and left/right shoulder buttons, including a digital D pad.

But this is not all, as the new device also comes with great gaming capabilities, including access to exclusive titles aimed at keeping users entertained while on the go.

Xperia PLAY Game Launcher, an exclusive app from Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, enables users to find content designed specifically for the Xperia PLAY. Users also can enjoy a huge assortment of games from PlayStationStore, Android Market, game-maker sites and more,” the carrier announced.

The new Xperia PLAY SO-01D also comes with all of the features and capabilities that Sony Ericsson’s Android-based Xperia smartphones have to offer.

It boasts a 4.0-inch VGA display, a 1GHz application processor, support for up to 32GB of external storage space via microSD memory card slot, and a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back, with HD video recording capabilities.

The new mobile phone also brings extra-fast HSDPA downlink (max. 14 Mbps) in DOCOMO’s FOMA HIGH-SPEED service areas, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS receiver, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Based on the latest version of Android, the handset also comes with Flash Player 10.3, as well as with POBox Touch 4.3, a predictive text-input system that enables fast, easy typing both in Japanese and English.

The wireless carrier plans on kicking off the pre-order availability for the new Xperia PLAY SO-01D starting with the middle of October at docomo shops.

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