Sony Enters Into The Tablet Segment | Expects To Stand Close To Apple In A Year

Sony entered entertainment business pretty late but now has a significant market share. Is Sony going to recreate the same success story in tablet segment. Sony has announced that it will enter the nascent market of tablets PC. Sony is calling its tablet as " Sony Tablet". Now why such a simplistic name for tablets, Sony has created a series of electronic gadgets with their own brand name, like Sony laptops are better known as Sony Viao and who can forget the legendary "Sony Walkman" series.
Sony Tablet S1 and S2
Sony Tablet S1 and S2
I have read many blogs saying that Sony's entry in tablet market is late. Well, I beg to defer on this point, the tablet PC market is itself in nascent stage. All we have seen are Apple's iPads and few other Android based tablets. And all this started just a year ago. We have yet to see where Android tablets lead to.  As far as technical specifications are concerned, most of the today's tablets are powered till the limit. We have yet to see tablets entering niche markets and remember that Sony is pretty solid in capturing its targeted niche. Sony entered into gaming console market late, at that time Nintendo and Sega were ruling the market, yet Sony's Playstations are hottest gaming console today. Now coming back to Sony Tablets, lets see what we can expect from these two new tablets. Sony Tablet S1
Sony Tablet S1 Front View
Sony Tablet S1 Front
A front view of Sony tablet S1 makes it no different from plethora of other tablets. But when you look it from a side, you can not fail to notice its wedge like shape. This off center mass distribution will make handling S1 a lot more fun and easy, at least that is what Sony claims.Kudos to Engadget team who gave us a hint about this tablet's shape as early as January this year.
Sony Tablet S1 wedge like shape
Sony Tablet S1 | Notice The Wedge Like Shape
Sony Tablet S1's Design
Sony Tablet S1's Design| as revealed by Engadget earlier this year
Sony Tablet S1 will have 9.4 inches screen having a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution. We can expect a 1+ GB RAM. This machine will be powered by a Tegra 2 processor. This tablet will have a host of interfaces which will make it interact with other Sony devices, like it is expected to have an IR port which can give input to Sony Bravia TVs. Also Sony Tablet S1 (a better name is needed ?)  will have a regular USB 3.0 port ( Samsung , listen to this ) which will have host capability. This means we can connect external USB storage device to transfer data easily, this will be a huge plus over many current tablets.  As far as OS is concerned, Sony has made it clear that this will run on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) with a lot of sugar coating. Front of the tablet has a very minimalistic design, having very few touch buttons.
Sony Tablet S1 | Soft Buttons
Sony Tablet S1 | Soft Buttons on Front
Sony Tablet S1 | Front Soft Buttons
Sony Tablet S1 | Front Soft Buttons
There is no hint about the pricing of this tablet, but considering the track record of Sony we can expect it to be on higher side. Sony Tablet S2 Now lets see the more interesting of the two, Tablet S2. This tablet will have two seperate screens of 5.5 inches each. This is like Nintendo DS. The most interesting part of S2 is its outer design. It looks like a clamshell from outside or it is more similar to my specs case.
Sony Tablet S2
Sony Tablet S2
Sony Tablet S2
Sony Tablet S2
Sony Tablet S2
Sony Tablet S2
Tablet S2 will have similar specifications as S1. It will run on Tegra 2, will have front and back camera. Both tablets will be released in WiFi as well as 3G and 4G. Both these devices will be "Playstation certified", this simply means that one will be able to play most of the PSP games on these tablets. Also these tablets will have better connectivity with all Sony gaming consoles. Both these tablets are expected to arrive 3rd Q this year.

2 thoughts on “Sony Enters Into The Tablet Segment | Expects To Stand Close To Apple In A Year

  1. peptalk Reply

    When they release their tablet with their mangled version of Android 3.0 on it, the competition will have already moved on to future versions of Android. I’ve never seen an Android customization that was more important than the latest version of Android itself. The pressure is on them to show me why I would want to spend money on yesterday’s version of the O.S. Good luck Sony. I’m going with Motorola or even Samsung since they delivered the Vanilla.

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