Sony's most recent worst-kept secret wasn't seen at CES, but it has been seen in China.
By this point, it seems like the only people who have nothing to say about the rumored PlayStation Phone are the ones at Sony itself. Sony Ericsson's gamer-phone was a no-show at this past week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada - but that didn't stop Chinese electronics blog IT168 from getting their hands on the supposed device, perhaps because it's reportedly being made there.
The device, which is branded as a part of Sony Ericsson's "Xperia" line, was benchmarked at a rather impressive 59.1 FPS in tests. IT168 also gave a full report on the phone's specs for all you tech-heads out there who care about that sort of thing:
*854 x 480 resolution on a 4-inch LCD
*5 megapixel autofocus camera, LED flash
*512MB RAM, 512MB ROM
*A second microphone for active noise cancellation
Perhaps most interestingly of all, though, was that the PS Phone was seen running software called "PlayStation Pocket." Given the name, it seems almost blindingly obvious to say that this would be some sort of game service - though whether it'd be linked in to the PlayStation Network currently running on the PSP and PS3 remains to be seen. It's also possible that this could be Sony's proprietary version of Apple's App Store, but an Android software store already exists - at the moment, all we can do is speculate.
At this point, there's so much evidence in favor of the PlayStation Phone's existence that it's hard to say that any of these are rumors anymore. I mean, they could be false, but it seems very unlikely. The only thing we're waiting on is Sony's express confirmation and announcement - though why they missed the perfect venue this past week at CES 2011 is anybody's guess.