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Report: Sony's Got a PlayStation Tab Called S1

Engadget’s nabbed itself some exclusive intel: Confirmed by “two highly trusted, independent sources” comes word that Sony has got not one but two tablets in development. The first is a 9.4-inch Android device (Honeycomb, of course), which is apparently going to be PlayStation-branded.

Said to be 100 percent focused Qriocity, the music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service that's live in Europe, the team behind the tablet incorporates top engineers from Sony's Reader, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson departments, but is ultimately lead by the VAIO product team. Sony's working on some custom-built transitions and UI elements for Honeycomb and the result will apparently rival the user interface experience offered by the iPad.

What do you guys think: Is a gaming tablet a possibility or do you just have to have those hardware controls? Let us know!

  • chase_tm
    Nice...
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  • User69
    Hopefully it won't rival the iPads same old boring, uncreative, restricted UI. I mean really does everything have to rival the iPad? Hello! There are a million other tablets that blow the iPad out of the water in terms of hardware, performance, internet usage. Ipad 2? guess what...same boring UI since the first iphone. I feel like i'm taking crazy pills here!
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  • Milleman
    Wow!
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  • Milleman
    Hopefully this will open the door for some serious Linux gaming, since Android is based on this.
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  • thorkle
    Why not connect a controller through bluetooth? Just add a kick stand, and you have a sweet portable gaming system. I already do this with my android phone and a wireless classic Wii controller. Why not add full support for a Playstation 3 controller while they're at it?
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  • BulkZerker
    4 people above me forget that this is SONY we're talking about. They'll lock this thing down 10X tighter than the PS3 and put a half dozen anti-customrom thingies in it like they did the Droid X.

    This coming from a owner of a 80 Gig PSFat.
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  • kronos_cornelius
    I like how the media keeps touting Apple as if was on the vanguard in technology, when in fact it has being trailing Android for over a year. People don't seem to be able to react to how quickly this game has turned.
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  • thorkle
    BulkZerker4 people above me forget that this is SONY we're talking about. They'll lock this thing down 10X tighter than the PS3 and put a half dozen anti-customrom thingies in it like they did the Droid X.This coming from a owner of a 80 Gig PSFat.You think any of that will stop the community from getting what it wants? look at the PS3. The seemingly impenetrable console was even hacked, and is continuing to be hacked after each attempt that Sony tries to patch it over.
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  • alidan
    imagine this.

    a dual shock cut in 2, you hold it in the corners, and in the middle is a 10 inch screen. and that screen, plays psp/psp2 games, its also 720p, and has a minihdmi input, so you can connect ps3, or any other hdmi device into it.

    i would so pay for that. SO pay for that.
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  • dthx
    User69Hopefully it won't rival the iPads same old boring, uncreative, restricted UI. I mean really does everything have to rival the iPad?You are totally right. iOS looked fresh and nice in it's beginning, but as soon as you've started using Android, the iOS GUI is laughable after all: the weather icon that displays 73°F all year long is the best example I can think of... Widgets are the way to go and even the stock Android desktops had this right from the beginning.
    I hope that Sony will not try to reinvent the wheel with their customizations: the laggy mediascape they put on the Xperia x10 was the first thing to disable if you wanted a decently working handset...
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