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The PSP phone is kind of ugly

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I sure hope this megascoop that Engadget posted turns out to be fake. We can always wait until Gizmodo finds one in a bar though or we can just take the word of Joshua Topolsky. Either way, it sure is ugly. I guess it could be possible that the images uncovered by Engadget are not final hardware and that the device will be all one color, but I don’t think my opinion will change much.Endgadget also uncovered a prototype image back in August and reported many of the same details they learned today. Android 3.0 powered, game pad instead of QWERTY keyboard, etc.

The image on the left is a mockup they posted back in August and the image on the right is the photo Engadget posted today. They are quite similar, but I am still not convinced personally. Notice the lines on the mockup for the slide out portion don’t match, but the real photo seems to. The buttons look nice on the photos and they appear to be backlit too. (you have to see that in one of the other photos Engadget has).

The preliminary specs reported are pretty awesome. A quick 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 1GB of ROM. They also mention that the proprietary memory stick is gone in favor of MicroSD. Why would Sony Ericsson abandon their proprietary memory cards? The back of the phone shows an LED flash with a camera, no idea what it’s specs are though.

Back on the UGLY, I think I could get with it more if the area around the controls and the controls were black to match the casing of the phone. The more and more I sit here and stare at the photo, the more I see what they are going for here. Maybe it’s not so bad after all. I would love to see this in person soon.

What do you think folks? Real or Fake. Would you buy something like this if it is real?

Chris is a former Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone. Chris works for AT&T, but his thoughts and opinions are his own and that he does not represent AT&T in any capacity online. ChrisLeckness.com

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    10/27/2010 at 12:50 pm

    Agreed on the ugly part. The design strikes me as terribly unimaginative. Sliding the controller down like that reminds me of the original Gameboy. A more innovative design would have been to slide the controls out to the sides (top and bottom of the phone) in a split to make it more like the PSP. Could have given it a more familiar feel and made it easier to grip.

  2. John Smithaaaaaa

    10/27/2010 at 10:21 pm

    Will the two holes on the control pad act like the hole on the htc desire, acting like a sort of infared analog stick that sense your thumbs movement as opposed to a physical analog stick. I assume that this is what these holes are for, I’ve seen some people on some sites complaining about having to use the directional pads for movement and I wondered if anyone knew. If not the holes seem a bit pointless.

  3. Anonymous

    10/27/2010 at 10:22 pm

    I hope that’s a fake pic.

    Where’s the analog nub? Can’t be a PSP without at least one of those, and if it’s a second-gen PSP, they might as well add a second nub (like the fans have been clamoring for) and a pair of extra shoulder buttons (L2 and R2) as well.

    They’ve basically done this design already, though. PSP Go. (Which I totally skipped since they removed the UMD drive and offered no means to convert UMD games…never mind that I could already do that thanks to custom firmware and a few handy utilities.)

    • Anonymous

      10/28/2010 at 4:57 pm

      Do you seriously not realize those two touch areas around the middle dots are the analogue nub replacements?

      • Anonymous

        10/28/2010 at 9:20 pm

        Let me clarify-those two touch areas DO NOT OFFER TACTILE FEEDBACK if they’re just capacitive trackpad surfaces. There’s no obvious centering force that could be felt with a system like that.

        I demand tactile analog control!

      • Anonymous

        10/28/2010 at 9:20 pm

        Let me clarify-those two touch areas DO NOT OFFER TACTILE FEEDBACK if they’re just capacitive trackpad surfaces. There’s no obvious centering force that could be felt with a system like that.

        I demand tactile analog control!

      • Anonymous

        10/28/2010 at 9:20 pm

        Let me clarify-those two touch areas DO NOT OFFER TACTILE FEEDBACK if they’re just capacitive trackpad surfaces. There’s no obvious centering force that could be felt with a system like that.

        I demand tactile analog control!

  4. Othello

    11/01/2010 at 1:42 am

    Dumb as the image is just a vision of the psp phone there is no proof this will be it. I probably think if it releases it will be more sleek and thin also chrome black. The screen well be touch screen and the control pad well have visibly arrow keys but kinda clear also there will be small along ball

    • Othello

      11/01/2010 at 1:43 am

      *dumb ass

  5. Fahd Iqbal Malik

    02/13/2011 at 9:19 pm

    I didn’t the phone in my hands so far, so I can’t say it is ugly.

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