Sony Announces Tablets With PlayStation Flavor
Into the tablet game.
In case you haven't noticed, this is definitely going to be the year that tablets explode onto the market. Just announced as entering the fray is Sony, with not just one but two tablets based off of Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Sony is developing two tablets codenamed S1, which is optimized for rich media entertainment, and S2, which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. Sony said that its tablets will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011.
S1 has a 9.4-inch display and has an asymmetric wedge design, which Sony calls an "off-center of gravity design" that "realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours."
The more unique S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded like a Nintendo DS. The two screens can be used together to display continuous content, or it can be used for multitasking – such as watching a video while browsing the web. The bottom screen can also function as a keyboard while the top screen is used for messaging.
Sony's also injecting some of its PlayStation services into these tablets. The tablets will support Qriosity media service as well as the PlayStation Suite for users to download and play first generation PlayStation titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from Reader Store and use both tablets as digital reading devices.
Sony has yet to set pricing for these two products, but rumors place the S1 at $599 and the S2 at $699.