Sony might be a late entrant to the tablet scene but it seems the electronics powerhouse has lined up an impressive line up of tablet PCs to take on the already established players in the segment. And from what seems evident, Sony is relying heavily on its creative streak to make sure its tablets are seen making all the right noises when they are eventually released.
So as per the latest behind the scene glimpse of what’s cooking up in the Sony camp, there are at least two other tablet concepts that has popped up to make it three in all including the S1 tablet concept that was leaked first. First off, there is a dual screened tablet codenamed S2 and based on Android Honeycomb that is reported to be under development, making this to be perhaps the first tablet to include a twin screen format to be based on Honeycomb. Then there is a Windows tablet too in the form of a 9.4 inch slider tablet which in some ways can be considered a distant relative of Sony’s erstwhile Vaio UX micro-laptop.
Coming to the S2 concept, the tablet will be unique in that it includes two 5.5 inch sized touchscreen which when folded will resemble an oval cylinder or a spec carrying case. Also, as per information currently available, the S2 will resemble the S1 in that both will be built around a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, have front and rear facing cameras along with both Wi-Fi and 3G capability to get online. Also, and much like the S1, the S2 too will be Qriocity oriented.
Also, while the S2 might be based on the tablet optimized Google Honeycomb, Sony though is hard at work in developing the software that would make both the screen work in tandem with user convenience getting the maximum focus. So its like if one of the screen is carrying all the Gmail messages, the other screen is showing the body of the selected message. Or if the video and picture navigation menu is taking up one of the screens, the other screen can then play back the video along the entire screen. Then Google Maps might display the map on one screen while the navigation details are displayed on the other. In fact, the opportunities can be endless here if Sony can get their act spot on with the software part. Surprisingly, Sony insiders aren’t too excited with the S2 concept with one even terming it a ‘dog’. Nevertheless, Sony intends to make the S2 available in US, Europe, and Japan before the holiday season 2011 for a price of $699.
About the other tablet that will comes with a VAIO branding, the tablet will include a slide out keyboard and can be considered a bit more conventional than the S2. Though not much is known of the tablet as of now, its likely to be somewhat similar to the Asus EEE PAD Slider or the Samsung Slider concept that was shown at the CES earlier in the year. Running Windows 7, the tablet will have a 9.4 inch sized display and will be based on a Pinetrail class Intel Atom processor. However, the latter bit is a dampener of sorts considering Pinetrail doesn’t have a blazing reputation. The slider tablet is expected to be a follow-up to the VAIO P series and is expected to be ready for launch towards October. Price for the tablet is pegged at around $799 right now though might increase by the time it is finished.
So its a three pronged attack that Sony will unleash during the later half of the year. Also, what seems sure is that there will be plenty of rumors and leaks in between. Keep watching!
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