Remember that Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone we heard about back in August? Turns out it's not only real, but a prototype is out and about in the wild - and Engadget has landed themselves some surprisingly clear and detailed pictures of the device. Better still, it looks pretty close to the renders we saw in August - surprising, given the track record for Android rumors.

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Between the PlayStation moniker and the slide-out gamepad, I think it's pretty clear that this beastie will be marketed as a gaming phone. In support of that fact, word has it that the phone will support a custom Sony Marketplace with games specifically designed for the platform - if they can garner enough developer support, that should be a fairly nice selling point.

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Other specs:

  • Gingerbread
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon MSM8655 (same CPU as the G2)
  • 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM
  • Screen size is between 3.7" and 4.1"
  • microSD Card
  • May pack a custom skin

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Engadget speculates that the device might be ready in time for a 2010 release, but that 2011 is more likely; we're inclined to agree.

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[Source: Engadget]