Sony has unveiled a new handheld game console, which it has currently codenamed as the NGP - or, Next Generation Portable.

The NGP will introduce new several new features to Sony's handheld line-up, including a new 5-inch OLED, multi-touch screen and dual analog sticks to help improve usability.

The NGP will also feature two cameras - one on the rear, one on the front - and a second multi-touch surface on the rear of the chassis. WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity are included too, as well as built-in GPS and WiFi location service support.

Techwise, Sony reckons that the NGP's quad core CPU (an ARM Cortex A9) and new graphics chip (a SGX543MP4+) will allow it to create PS3-quality experiences on the 960x544 resolution screen. The PS3-like experience will be supported by a six-axis motion sensor (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer). There's also a three-axis compass.

Eurogamer sources claim a battery life of 4-5 hours.

The physical dimensions of the NGP are 182x18.6x83.5mm according to Sony, which also confirms that the NGP will not feature a UMD drive. Instead, the NGP will introduce a new game medium - small flash memory cards dedicated solely for NGP games. Each card will have space to store extra content and all savegame data on it too.

Sony has also announced a new Android app today, the PS Suite, which will 'closely coordinate' with the NGP so that games released on Android can then be played on the NGP too.

Sony hasn't given an official price for the NGP yet - though industry analysts EEDAR reckon a $299 - $349 bracket - but has confirmed that it will be on shelves in time for Christmas 2011.

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