Sony Announces PS3 compatible Ericson phone

Aino Cell Phone

Finally, Sony has leverage the synergistic possibilities between its PlayStation division and its Ericsson cell phone department…partially. The long-rumored PlayStation compatible phone is actually coming. The Aino mobile phone will be out later this year, and features a “Remote Play” features that allows users to access media stored on their PS3 console via a local network or the internet. You know, like you have on your PSP.

If you were hoping for a powerful, Sony handheld gaming device that also allows you to call your friends, this isn’t it… at least, I don’t think this is it. No mention of gaming is made in the Aino press release Sony sent out, so it’s possible the company is waiting to make a huge splash with the news at E3 this year. It’s not that likely, but it’s possible.

Gaming or now, the Aino is a fully functioning smart phone that will allow media streaming and other bells and/or whistles. The phone’s specs and feature are below the cut.

Aino Features, in handy, bullet-pointed form:

Camera

  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Up to 16x digital zoom
  • Photo fix
  • Photo flash
  • Video recording
  • Auto focus
  • Face detection
  • Image and video stabilizer
  • BestPic™
  • Geo tagging
  • Photo feeds
  • Photo light
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Send to web
  • Smart contrast
  • Touch focus

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Clear Bass
  • Clear Stereo
  • Touchscreen media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™
  • SensMe™
  • Stereo speakers

Web

  • Access NetFront™ Web browser
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search (from standby)
  • Web feeds

Communication

  • Speakerphone
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling (main camera)

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)
  • Instant messaging
  • Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync™

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

  • Facebook
  • 3D games
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Java
  • Motion gaming
  • Remote Play for PLAYSTATION®3
  • Tracker
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • Walk mate
  • YouTube™

Connectivity

  • A-GPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DLNA Certified™
  • Google Maps™
  • Modem
  • PictBridge
  • Synchronisation
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi™

Organizer

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Flight mode
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Stopwatch
  • Tasks
  • Timer

Accessories

In-Box:

  • Aino
  • Battery
  • Battery charger
  • SanDisk microSD™ 8GB
  • Colour-matched Wireless Stereo Headphone MH100
  • Design-matched Charging Stand EC100
  • User guide
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