Mark Spring 2011 on your calendar, that's when the world's first PlayStation Certified Smartphone will be coming to Canada, exclusively to Rogers.

What makes the Xperia Play unique? The phone will offer a gaming control pad, allowing users enter a new world of mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analog touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. 

Powered by the Android OS, the phone is branded as a "PlayStation Certified Device", meaing it will have access to PlayStation game content provided through the PlayStation Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Additional details and full specifications can be found at the Sony Ericsson website.