Sony to launch PlayStation smartphone in spring

Sony is planning a release of its portable smartphone sometime this upcoming Spring.

The device would likely be based on Sony’s handheld PSP Go game console,would be made by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and run Google’s Android operating system, said the Asahi Shimbun’s English edition, citing unnamed sources.

Sony hopes to take on Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and Nokia devices by offering the first smartphone that is based on a portable game console, with a set of controls that allows very advanced gaming.

Could this be the beginning of a console/smartphone genre? I don’t know how I would feel about having an Xboxesque cell phone. Wouldn’t look too professional pulling that out of my pocket in a Board Meeting?

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