Sony Corporation (“Sony”), has just announced two Sony Tablet devices which, they claim, will deliver “the perfect combination” of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a “high-quality, engaging entertainment experience”. Sony is developing two tablet devices based on its decades of engineering heritage, but the names are being kept secret for the time being.
The first tablet (pictured at left) is codenamed S1 which Sony says is optimized for rich media entertainment. The second gadget, codenamed S2, has been designed for mobile communication and entertainment and is designed with a hinge so it can be folded in half for easy carrying. Both new Sony Tablet mobile computing devices are due to be available to the global market from the start of fall 2011.
Each Sony Tablet will be powered by the latest Android 3.0 operating system, which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time.
S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.
S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.
“‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group.
“Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I’m excited about “Sony Tablet” as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Google Inc.
Also, in the mobile computing category, the market for PCs which realize high productivity is expected to steadily grow, particularly in emerging markets. Therefore, Sony will also remain committed to strengthening its VAIO brand and introduce increasingly compelling products which offer new value propositions to the market.
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