Sony Working On PSP Phone?

Sony Working On PSP Phone?

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Sony is reported to be working on a new PlayStation branded mobile phone, a move that may indicate a cooling relationship with its Swedish mobile company Ericsson.

The new phone is expected to incorporate elements of Sony's PSP handheld console, according to a MarketingWeek report, which analysts say would be "relatively easy" to convert to a mobile phone since the unit already has wi-fi capabilities. Sources say the unit could be on store shelves in time for Christmas 2009.

While the news may be exciting for technology freaks, it could also signal Sony's interest in stepping back from its partnership with Ericsson, the company it joined with in 2001 to form Sony Ericsson. The company is currently the fifth-ranked mobile handset manufacturer in the world, and reported a 47 percent profit drop in the first three months of the year, although James Marshall, Sony Ericsson's marketing chief, says the company is still on target to hit its predicted mark of ten percent global growth.

The recent release of the Sony Ericsson F305 mobile phone did not carry any PlayStation branding despite being a gaming handset, a decision described by one analyst as "strange." Another source, however, says Sony now considers the licensing of the Walkman brand to Sony Ericsson a "strategic error," and is holding back the rights to the PlayStation brand as a result.

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Seriously, is this even necessary?
It's pure techno-lust..
I mean, I have a cell phone for texting my friends and making calls.
Do I need it to be my portable gaming system too?
How many people play the games available for cell phones as it is?

Simply put, I have a PSP for gaming and movies, and I have my cell phone for texting/surfing/talking.
I don't need more useless features on my phone. I need a phone that gets decent reception, has a speaker volume that is loud and clear, and that gets lightning speed web browsing.
I need Jack Bauer's phone.. He can talk to his headquarters and get schematics of a building on his cell phone in seconds, crystal clear, while hiding in an air duct inside of a building built into the side of a mountain in the desert...

I lose reception going from my bedroom to the kitchen.

HyenaThePirate:
Simply put, I have a PSP for gaming and movies, and I have my cell phone for texting/surfing/talking.
I don't need more useless features on my phone. I need a phone that gets decent reception, has a speaker volume that is loud and clear, and that gets lightning speed web browsing.

Nokia E71. You can get all of these things in a phone which has a large number of extra features! I don't see what everyone's problem with smartphones is.

That said, there's no way that they'll be able to incorporate all of the elements of the PSP into a phone. You see, Sony made a big mistake when they chose the processor for the PSP, going with a MIPS-architecture design, which was great in larger applications, but extremely power hungry, over the established ARM processor architecture, which was a far better choice and less power hungry to boot. They paid the price for their arrogance, thinking that they could try to displace the ARM architecture, and unless they want the sorts of battery times that would make the iPhone look good, they'll have to go for an ARM processor, just like everyone else.

 

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