Earlier this week, not Sony Ericsson but Sony has announced its line of "Sony Tablet" that is said to deliver the perfect combination of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two Android tablets with unprecedented design, including the S1 (codename) which is optimized for rich media entertainment and the S2 (codename) which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. All Sony Tablet are equipped with Android 3.0/Honeycomb and both tablets are WiFi and WWAN (3G/4G) compatible.
The S1 has a 9.4" 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.
The S2 has two 5.5" 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.
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.
Through Sony's knowhow for combining hardware and software, the Sony Tablet realizes optimal usability and performance. Because of Sony's rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading. The keyboard arrangement is also optimized for the large screen, making email and SNS communication a breeze.
Through (the currently taken-down) Qriocity music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation titles. Additionally, users can easily download ebook content from Reader Store and use both tablets as digital reading devices. The integration with various services allows users to take their entertainment experiences on-the-go. Furthermore, the Sony Tablet is equipped with functionality that organizes content for easy access.
Through Sony Tablet, users can control home entertainment devices as well as enjoy content in new ways. S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with "BRAVIA". Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Also, through DLNA functionality on "Sony Tablet", users can "throw" personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers.
Sony has not unveiled further specs but mentioned that design and specs might change without further notices. However, Sony also confirmed that the new Sony Tablet line of devices is expected to become available in the global market starting in fall 2011.
Cheers ~ Arne