LG Optimus 3D and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play pre-orders start

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 8:44 by Tech Correspondent

Play.com is taking orders for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and LG Optimus 3D smartphones

The Xperia Play is Sony’s PlayStation phone; while LG Optimus 3D is the first smartphone that enables 3D video captures. The Optimus 3D carries a price tag of GBP 515 and is expected to be available starting April 25; and the Xperia Play is priced at GBP 520 and will hit the stores on March 28.

However, the prices and launch dates might not be final because they’ve only been revealed by Play.com. There’s no news yet regarding the availability of these phones in the United States or India. Related: Xperia Play may come to Orange or T-Mobile

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Photo: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

LG Optimus 3D has a 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D display which can be viewed in 2D as well. It has two cameras at the back for 3D video capture, and has an HDMI port to stream video to an HD television. Suggested read: LG Optimus 3D launch

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play runs on Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread with a custom user interface. According to reviewers, playing games such as FIFA on the phone is not as good as it feels on a PlayStation console. You can’t expect as much precision in movement or shooting etc., especially during some games.

The Xperia Play can be connected to an HDTV and then works as a gaming console. Had the phone worked as well as a PlayStation console, nobody would need PlayStation consoles any more, which Sony naturally doesn’t want.

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Photo: LG Optimus 3D phone

However, the problems with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, if indeed they exist in the product that finally ships, might not be all deliberate. There have been reports that some games that are showcased on the phone take ages to load and often crash.

The company told tech bloggers who experienced the games crashing that the problem is due to the software not being final. If the machine malfunctions during a game, it is likely to be short lived. It is safe to assume, though, that Sony knows that.

Downloading games, it seems, is easier via Sony’s PlayStation app rather than from Android App Market.

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