PlayStation Phone pictures in wild

Powerful, has multi-touch thumb bar.

Pictures of a Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone have appeared on the internet.

The unmistakeable triangle, circle, cross and square of PlayStation face buttons slide out of the handset, according to pictures posted on Endgadget. The control panel also features a classic d-pad as well as multi-touch thumb bar.

Shoulder buttons are also apparently present, and there's support for MicroSD cards rather than memory sticks.

Technically, the device pictured has a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip, 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM and a screen that's around 3.7 to 4.1 inches big.

The PlayStation Phone will likely run Android and feature a bespoke PlayStation Store to buy content from.

Endgadget claims the PlayStation Phone will be available "soon", although no actual date is specified - a 2010 release with no prior warning seems unlikely.

A PlayStation phone has been long rumoured, after all, with Ericsson and PlayStation all under one Sony roof it seemed to be the logical next step. However, Ericsson was denied use of the PlayStation brand last January because build quality didn't meet the necessary standards. Either that has vastly improved, then, or the iPhone is now too dominant to ignore.

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