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SE Xperia Play

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SE Xperia Play
Xperia Play
SE Xperia Play.jpg
Model Number: See Page
Device Type: Phone
Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson-icon.png
Release Date: March 2011
Operating System: Android Android-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 119 x 62 x 16 mm
Weight: 175 g
Display: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 inches (~245 PPI pixel density)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
RAM: Not Known
Internal Memory: 1GB (400 MB Available)
Memory Card: MicroSDHC, up to 32gb
Wi-fi: 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
USB: Not Known
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
NFC: Not Known
Video out: Not Known
Camera: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera: 0.3 MP VGA
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Other features
Additional Features: Integrated Gamepad


There are different Version of the Xperia Play:

  • GSM Version - R800a, R800at (AT&T 4G), R800i (International Unlocked)
  • CDMA Version - R800x (Verizon 3G)

The Xperia Play comes in 5 colors/themes. Black (R800x), White (R800i), Stealth Blue (R800at), Orange (R800i), and Minecraft (R800i).


Guides and Tutorials



  • What is rooting?

By rooting we general speak of gaining access to the root user on your device. The root user is the user with the highest rights (e.g. administrator) at your phone. Rooting is done by injecting the needed files to be able to switch to root rights. Therefor the common program su (substitute user) is used.

  • What are the downsides?

With rooting you generally void your warranty with most networks. But since root can be removed later (un-root) and nobody can tell if a phone ever was rooted you just can revert your phone to original state before sending it in.

  • How can it be done?
  • How to un-root?
    • Use the un-root function of the SuperOneClick if you used it for rooting.
    • Recover your Phone by using the recover function of SE PC Companion

CWM (Clockwork Mod)

  • What is it good for?

Clockwork Mod is a recovery environment. It lets you do many things starting with doing a system backup, recover later and flashing mods.

Unlock Bootloader(BL)

  • Why do i need an unlocked Bootloader?

An unlocked Bootloader gives you the ability to flash custom kernels and roms. This gives you the ability to great modifications to they whole system.

  • Can every Play be unlocked?

There are some devices which can be unlocked with the official SE method. For checking if your Phone can be unlocked please refer to the official guide. incomplete e.g. CDMA version

  • Is there any disadvantage?

Unlocking your bootloader voids your warranty. So, be sure you know what you are doing. This CAN'T be undone (Sony Ericsson will always know that you unlocked your device), but there are methods to relock it. The record will still be kept by Sony.

Flashing Roms



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Internal Memory

As the Xperia Play is a gaming device you will probably install MANY apps and games on it - since the internal memory is quite limited there are several methods to "extend" it:

  • install apps to SD card using the native APP2SD function of Gingerbread (recommended)
  • gain root -> uninstall stock apps or move them to SD (recommended)
    • can be done with Titanium Backup PRO or Link2SD (For moving: convert system to user app -> then move them to SD)
    • for a list of app which are safe to remove refer to App Removal (Safe List)
  • using Darktremor App2SD scripts for completely moving apps to SD (Clockwork Mod needed)
  • Increase you app storage from 380MB to 420MB!!! (needs unlocked Bootloader)
  • Link2SD App - a nice guide can be found here (recommended)
  • set installLocation 2 explanation missing
  • including updates into system
    • can be done with Titanium Backup PRO (Batch) or Link2SD
    • has to be redone each time system apps get updated

Xperia Tweak Tool


OC (OverClocking)

Since we don't have a kernel module for overclocking a custom kernel is needed (needs unlocked BL) Afterwards frequencies can be set with tools like:

Your also can install a custom ROM which already has OC build in.

CPU Governors / Undervoling

  • CPU Governors:

are responsible for the scaling of the CPU frequency. Wich governors are available depends on the installed kernel on your phone. They can be set up by the tool mentioned in OC section.

  • Undervolting:

Undervolting is an attempt to save battery by lowering the CPU voltage for given frequencies. The voltages are either hardcoded in kernel or can be set with the tools mentioned in OC section.




Applications & Games





  • Why do I need another ROM?

Another ROM gives you the ability to a complete new look and feel as well as updated kernels and apps. Even ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich).

  • What are downsides?

Beware not each ROM supports the Xperia Play Keys. Each Rom has different functions and abilities - for propper descriptions please read the instructions in the ROM Threads.

  • Where can I get a ROM?

Xperia Play Android Development


  • When will we see official ICS on our device?

Press release has stated we will get it late March, early April 2012 (Sony already adjourned to early June)

  • Accessing the Service Menu

In your phone, open the dialer and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu.

  • Phone Specifications

Official Full Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Specifications

  • How long does the Battery last and how can I extend battery life?

Sony stated... Stand-by-Up to 425 h (2G) / Up to 413 h (3G). Talk time - Up to 8 h 25 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 25 min (3G). Music play - Up to 31 h. However the actual results vary, as it's all dependent on what you have open on the phone. There are extended 3600mAh batteries (but the device will get much thicker, which a lot of people prefer) or can try to tweak your Xperia (under-volt,...). For tweaking please refer to the section.

  • Do i need a SIM card to play games on the Xperia Play?

No - Just a Gmail account.

  • I heard about Swype being in our ROM?

There is a Swype like function - at least in 2.3.4 ROMs - which can be activated through: Settings > Language & Keyboard > International Keyboard > Text input settings -> activate Swype

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