Sony finally enters tablet market

Written by Paul Goodhead

April 26, 2011 | 12:47

Tags: #30 #android #clamshell #ipad #selling #sold #tablet #tablets #touch-screen

Companies: #apple #sony

Sony has officially thrown its hat into the tablet market by taking the wraps off its forthcoming S1 and S2 tablets.

Both products are set to be based on Google’s increasingly ubiquitous Android operating system, and will sport both WiFi and 3G network connections.

Both devices also support the music service Qriocity, as well as the PlayStation Suite; a digital marketplace offering old first-generation PlayStation games. The similarities end there, though, as the two handhelds are radically different in design.

The S1 is the more traditional tablet of the two, and is clearly aimed at taking some market share away from Apple’s iPad. The unit features a 9.4in screen and a unique curved back design. Sony claims that this design throws the weight of the tablet off-centre, and makes it comfortable to hold for extended periods of time.

Meanwhile, the S2 features a distinctive clamshell design. The folding device features two 5.5in screens that are capable of either working together, such as when browsing the Internet, or separately. This could potentially offer some intriguing opportunities for developers, if they can be convinced to develop specifically for the S2.

Sony is playing its pricing cards close to its chest at the moment, and no MSRPs have been announced for the devices yet. However, we do know that the new tablets are due to hit the shelves in autumn this year.

Are you looking at a tablet at the moment? Do you think Sony’s innovative clamshell design is going to fly or flop? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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