Sony, known to make the most glamorous notebooks , is now in the tablet game with the launch of two tablets namely S1 and S2 . Like Asus and Dell , Sony is jumping head-first into the second most competitive “tablet segment” and they have chosen to side with evil, errrr… i mean Google. Yes , they are using Honeycomb as their ecosystem catalyst , modifying it looks-wise and are supplying their own specialized apps like for ex : Qriocity for music streaming et al.
It is very interesting to note that Sony, not Sony Ericcsson, is bringing the stuff to the table. Note that all legacy PC manufacturers, like HP,Dell and ASUS wanted a slice of the smartphone segment and they all did it, except Sony, because they already had Sony Ericsson to churn out a significant amount of smartphones, but looking at the tablet segment, Sony seems to have taken quite a liking . By all means, SE has better workforce in terms of skill based on ARM devices. If they had wanted , they could have slapped a Qualcomm chipset onto a bigger slab and called it a tablet, like what HTC did with Flyer. But no, Sony had seen something so lucrative in the tablet market that they ditched SE and took full control. So, virtually every big shard PC manufacturer is directly involved in the tablet arena created by erstwhile PC manufacturer Apple ( Mac is a personal computer !). And every other manufacturer than Apple or HP is using the latest version of Google’s Android Honeycomb, which is yet to take off well, in terms of native apps. While the addition of Sony brings class and innovation , we should also note that it’s also bringing huge competition to it’s own ecosystem. Now, all that info aside, let’s concentrate on the new tablets for the time being.
Some details from Sony’s press notes :
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.
The S1 is designed like a magazine book, when folded . Has a much traditional form factor otherwise. 9.4 inch touchscreen and a bezel on the front, and other Honeycomb standards like Tegra 2 processor, front and rear facing cameras.. etc. The S2 has two 1024×480 displays with a lot of bezel. Both S1 and S2 have a lot in common, that is , hardware innards, both are PlayStation certified, they are capable of acting as remote control for all Sony bravia AV devices,also DLNA support,while sporting a new tile based Honeycomb UI.
Hit the break for the press release.
More details and a video here