Rumor Mill: Sony Ericsson planning Android gaming phone

Sony Ericsson is hard at work on a gaming-centric Android smartphone, according to the blog Engadget, reviving rumors of such a project that surfaced earlier this spring.

According to the blog, the handset maker--through its partnership with parent company Sony--is developing a device that will run on version 3.0 of Google's mobile platform and feature a slideout keyboard with gaming controls. The device is said to have a screen of between 3.7 and 4.1 inches, and will probably have a 1 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor. The phone is described as a cross between a Samsung Captivate, the Galaxy S phone for AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Sony's PSP Go device. The blog said the device could be released by October.

A Sony Ericsson spokeswoman declined to comment.

This is not the first time a Sony Ericsson gaming project has been rumored. In March, the Wall Street Journal reported Sony was developing a new smartphone with Sony Ericsson that would be capable of playing PlayStation games. Sony and Sony Ericsson declined to comment at the time.

For more:
- see this Engadget post
- see this CNet post

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