Vodafone has also confirmed to TechRadar that it will be ranging the gaming handset in the UK.
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We don't let silly things like official announcements get in the way though, having already had a sneaky bit of hands on fun with the Xperia Play.
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With a slide-out gaming pad it's not the slimmest handset in the world, but it does come with a 4-inch touchscreen and Android 2.3.
Despite Vodafone and O2 both promising the handset to us Brits, we're still awaiting news of a UK release date and UK pricing - hopefully Sony Ericsson will reveal both on 13 February.