Sony Finally Realizes iPhone Exists, Decides To Make PSP Phone

With its finger on the pulse of the industry, eagle-eyed Sony developers have uncovered secret knowledge that Apple has released a device that lets you talk on the phone, listen to music and download video games. And as a result, it has decided to give one of its next redesigned PSPs the ability to call, text and email, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This adds to the feature set of the previous PSP: collecting dust. From the WSJ story on the matter (subscription required to read the full story):

Threatened by Apple Inc.’s growing stable of portable devices, Sony Corp. is developing a new lineup of handheld products, including a smart phone capable of downloading and playing videogames, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Japanese electronics giant also is developing a portable device that shares characteristics of netbooks, electronic-book readers and handheld-game machines. The device is designed to compete against multifunction products such as Apple’s coming iPad tablet, these people said.

Would you go for a PSP Phone over an iPhone?

New Sony Gadgets Take Aim at Apple [The Wall Street Journal]