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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play R800i Unlocked Phone and Gaming Device with Android OS and Slide-Out Gamepad

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  • Unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone with US/International 3G plus GPRS/EDGE connectivity (not compatible with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint)
  • 3G-enabled, Android 2.3-powered PlayStation gaming smartphone with slide-out game controls, and 4-inch multi-touch screen
  • 1 GHz processor; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking; Bluetooth connectivity; GPS navigation; 5-MP camera with HD 720p video capture;
  • Up to 7.7 hours of talk time, up to 400 hours (14.5 days) of standby time; released in March, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 4.69 inches, 0.63 inches, 2.44 inches
  • Weight: 6.24 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 8.25 hours
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 425 hours
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Display Size 4 inches 4.3 inches 4 inches 4.2 inches
Operating System Android Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) google android google android
Camera Description 8 MP 12 MP, 4000 x 3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps Information not provided Information not provided
Battery Life 8.25 Hours 7.5 Hours 8.25 Hours 6.9 Hours
Item Weight 0.39 pounds 0.32 pounds 0 pounds 0.26 pounds
Product Site Launch Date Wed Apr 06 07:37:41 UTC 2011 Tue Mar 06 05:03:54 UTC 2012 Wed Jul 20 01:58:25 UTC 2011 Tue Apr 05 00:00:01 UTC 2011
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Product Description

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 / 800 Announced 2011, February Status Available. Released 2011, March Size Dimensions 119 x 62 x 16 mm Weight 175 g Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 Inches - Touch sensitive gaming controls - PSP like gaming buttons - Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate - Proximity sensor for auto turn-off - Multi-touch input method - Timescape UI Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers 3.5mm jack Yes Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Call records Practically unlimited Internal 400 MB, 512 MB RAM Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8GB included Data GPRS Yes EDGE Yes 3G HSDPA, HSUPA WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Infrared port No USB Yes, micro USB v2.0 Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592, 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization Video Yes, WVGA Secondary Yes

A full-featured Android mobile phone, the unlocked, 3G-enabled Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is also the world's first PlayStation certified smartphone--providing the ultimate mobile gaming experience. Get your game on with the high-res 4-inch multi-touch screen and slide-out game pad, which reveals a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons, and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys--circle, X, square, and triangle.

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Playstation game console and Android smartphone in one device (view larger).
Familiar Playstation gaming controls (view larger).


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High-res 4-inch multi-touch display (view larger).

The Xperia PLAY pairs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with a 1 GHz Snapdragon II processor and an Adreno 205 graphics processor for a faster overall experience and totally immersive gaming. Stereo sound adds additional depth and dimension to gaming, music and video, and the VGA front-facing camera enables easy video chat with fellow gamers.

Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera/camcorder, Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo audio streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation, microSD expansion to 32 GB, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7.7 hours of talk time.

Get Your Game On

The Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation Certified Android smartphone. You'll feel the action with real console controls, and to make the gaming experience complete, Xperia PLAY provides superb stereo sound and support for multi-player gaming. Here's just a sampling of what's available for downloading to the Xperia PLAY:

  • Assassins Creed Altair's Chronicles HD One of the most popular gaming franchises, with action, puzzles and stealth gameplay set in the Middle East of the Crusades
  • Need for Speed Grab the wheel of the fastest, hottest, and most powerful cars in the world.
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell The latest installment in this key franchise. Special Forces operative and renegade Sam Fisher returns to fight a corrupt secret agency.
  • Dungeon Defenders Second Wave Stunning graphics, intense gameplay and exclusive on Xperia PLAY.
  • N.O.V.A.2 Awesome graphics and intense multiplayer gameplay. This First-Person Shooter makes its Android debut exclusively on Xperia PLAY.

The games are downloadable via the Xperia PLAY launcher, an application that is activated by sliding open the gamepad. The Xperia PLAY launcher can recommend games and enables you to search for top titles optimized for Xperia PLAY on the Android market.

Vital Statistics

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY weighs 6.3 ounces and measures 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.7 hours of talk time, and up to 400 hours (14.5 days) of standby time. This 3G-enabled phone runs on 800/850/1900/2100 3G frequencies (compatible with AT&T) in the United States, and international 900/2100 MHz 3G frequencies. Additionally, it runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies for voice and 2G data.

What's in the Box

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The Xperia PLAY runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Xperia PLAY also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Unlocked Phone

This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider.

This phone can be paired with 800/850/1800/1900 MHz UMTS/HSPA 3G networks in the United States (as well as 900/2100 MHz 3G networks found around the world, including in Europe and Asia). In areas not served by a 3G network, you'll continue to receive 2G data service via the EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).

Note that the downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

This phone comes with a full manufacturer's warranty (1-year).



  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm MSM 8655) capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • Powerful Adreno 205 graphics processor for crisp colors and silky-smooth 3D gaming graphics.
  • 4-inch multi-touch display (854 x 480 pixels, 16 million colors) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors. rear
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded Google Maps) and location services
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 400 MB internal memory (user accessible)
  • Rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, auto-focus, and geo-tagging capabilities.
  • Video recording capabilities (DVD quality)
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chats
  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • E-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync corporate accounts as well as personal accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.


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Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.7 x 0.6 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 6.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number Ericsson Xperia
Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews

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Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By Carlos Escalante Gomez on June 4, 2011
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PROS: Beautiful phone. Impresive screen. Wi-FI, Bluetooth, GPS, Internet all work fine. Call audio excellent, good reception. A gamer must. Easy to use and get used to. Comes with a 8GB microSD.
CONS: Game controler is a little small (and I don't have big hands). Also a little heavier than other phones. But the real problem is that sometimes while calling the screen goes blank, so you don't have access to any function, then things come back to normal (so i guess it must be something in the software). Also while playing, all of a sudden the game has shut down and automaticaly gone back to the home screen. Not very frequent but should be a perfect phone of this price.

17/06/2011: A software update has practiaclly fixed all the bugs. No more closing programs or problems with the phone calls. Very happy indeed.
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By Jose on November 4, 2011
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This phone is great for gamers, I love it. This phone is at Costa Rica and works with ICE SIMCARD
Este teléfono es genial, me encanta. Este teléfono está en Costa Rica y funciona con el SIM del ICE
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Have had the phone for over a week now and no issues what so ever. Great phone, buttons work great and was in original packaging. The only thing that took a little bit of googleing was figuring out the difference between the types of Xperia Plays out there.

The R800x is the Verizon version and only works on CDMA networks.

The R800i is a GSM and CDMA international phone and will work in the states with Straight Talk, AT&T, TMobile and probably any other provider that offers a SIM card option. Takes a Sim card and is the one that I got and it gets excellent service and I live in the boonies.

The R800a is the American version of the R800i and will work with the same carriers, the only difference is the initial programs that come preloaded on the phone.

I bought the R800i because it was a little cheaper and the phone came ready to use, got a Straight Talk SIM card from the Walmart website and it was simply to get service started. Put the SIM card in, registered the unlimited minute pack on there website and added the APN information as described in the installation kit that came with the card. I was making calls and sending texts withing 3 min.

The games on the phone look amazing for a cell phone and the controls are a big step up from fingering the screen and getting your thumbs in the middle of your view. They just work great for gaming. The screen itself is 720p which looks awesome on a 4 inch screen and enhances all the games beyond what I am used to. Would recommend to anyone gamers or not. Great phone. WIll update if any issues occur.

Hope this helped save you some time.
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have been playing video games since I could hold a regular NES controller in my hands. When smart phone's first came out there was no way I was going to purchase one when my psp could do everything they could, and had quality games for it. Finally I have the best of both worlds despite what another review on amazon states. The phone works great it is loud and clear. The phone doesn't come with a really great line up of games unless your a sims fan, but it comes with perfect controls to fit all the wonderful apps. Through the android market you can find a emulator for the playstation 1, GBA, SNES, N64, ATARAI, NES, GBC, and many more. Despite the playstaion network not being on this phone through the emulators it is really easy to play all your favorite games that you already own through the emulators. I have nothing negative to say about this phone. Its not the most advanced smartphone available, but its hands down the best gaming phone available. If only the playstation Vita would double as a phone. AS ALWAYS DO NOT DOWNLOAD A ROM FOR A GAME YOU DO NOT ALREADY OWN THAT IS PIRATING.
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IMPORTANT: This device is NOT compatible with 3G on AT&T nor T-Mobile in United States. The spec of the R800"i" version only support the HSDPA 900 / 2100 bands, which neither AT&T nor T-Mobile in the US support. You will only get 2G speed. The R800"at" AT&T version use the 850 / 1900 / 2100 bands. The great thing about this is T-Mobile is beginning to enable support for 1900/2100 in various area, so if you manged to get an unlocked version of the R800at you can get 3G on T-Mobile if you happen to live in one of those 1900Mhz supported location.

I have owned devices like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus, I sold them and goes back to the Xperia Play because for someone who love classic console gaming there is no better choice as a phone. Bluetooth gamepads just doesn't do it for me because they're not really portable and can take time to setup.

-THE GAMEPAD: I won't have to explain this.

-DURABILITY: It's quite durable and can easily withstand 'reasonable drops'. I have less concern about accidentally dropping this device than dropping highend devices with Gorilla Glass.

-SOUND QUALITY: Audiophiles might realize that there are not a lot of Android phones with great sound quality. The headphone output quality is very good and to my ears comparable to the original Galaxy S which is another Android device with great sound.

-aGPS and GLONASS support: This allow it to get reasonably fast location fix and stay fixed. Its not the most accurate, but for a being an older device its very acceptable and probably better than many other devices that only have aGPS.

-CAMERA: For being a 5MP camera with LED flash it can take decent photos.
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