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Sony Working On PlayStation Tablet - Called S1


Sony Working On PlayStation Tablet - Called S1

What would happen if you took the expertise from established manufacturers of laptops, e-readers, gaming consoles, mobile phones and TVs and distilled it into one product? The Sony S1 of course - a 9.4in PlayStation-certified Honeycomb tablet.

While Sony did rock the Mobile World Congress with the PlayStation Phone – aka the Xperia Play – and other mobile devices, it was singularly absent from the tablet brouhaha. However if two independent and highly trusted sources over at Engadget are to be believed, the Japanese manufacturer is planning something special for tablet lovers, to come this autumn. Codenamed the S1, Engadget has produced a mock up of the unique device, which shows it having a wrap design said to remind users of an opened book or magazine (rear of the image seen below).

The design is meant to allow for holding more comfortably for prolonged periods in one-hand. It will also allow for easier on-screen typing when laid on a table and it can be used by either left or right handers with the screen’s orientation changing to suit. While the mock-up seems to show a hollow area between the front and rear panels, there is in fact a battery, Tegra 2 processor and other circuitry stuck inside. However despite the unique design, it’s the combination of Sony's expertise in a wide range of products that could make the S1 a serious player in the tablet market. According to the sources, experts from the Vaio, Reader, PlayStation and Sony Ericsson teams have been brought together to bring the product to life.

Central to the S1 will be Qriocity, Sony's music, games, ebooks and videos on demand service that has just been launched in Europe and is launching in the US, Australia and New Zealand today. The S1 will come pre-loaded with PS One games, have a Bravia Media Remote and will be Playstation Certified, which could means users have access to the PlayStation Suite also. The 1,280 x 800 resolution 9.4in tablet will come with front and rear cameras, a USB-A port, an inbuilt IR port and may or may not come with a Q button – Q of course standing for curiosity!

The sources say the S1 will ship in September at a price point of $599 for a Wi-Fi only model. The price will obviously disappoint many, as it is about $100 above the price of a Wi-Fi only 16GB iPad but should Sony manage to cram all its knowledge from its various departments into one good-looking tablet, then it may just have a chance.

Source: Engadget


February 17, 2011, 7:40 pm

Convergence gone too far?? Will this be touch screen only or physical controls? I don't see how Sony can brand a device Playstation Certified if it has no physical controls.


February 17, 2011, 8:28 pm

I'm sorry, but that's the worst mock-up picture I've ever seen.


February 17, 2011, 9:05 pm

That opening statement is one huge leap of faith. I don't see that Sony's products in the computing environment have taken the world by storm as yet, they seem to be just 'decent' efforts. Gone are the days when Sony was synonymous with 'special'.

Hamish Campbell

February 18, 2011, 1:25 pm

First: That is a mock up of a money clip.

Second: When one moves from New Zealand to Denmark, one expects to be CLOSER to the action, get the LATEST services, EARLIER, this is europe for goodness sake. But no, even my wonder backwater is getting film services before my adopted, but fogotten, land.


February 18, 2011, 2:09 pm

@haim - last time I looked, Denmark was in Europe and video is described as having been released in Europe ("Sony's music, games, ebooks and videos on demand service that has just been launched in Europe and is launching in the US, Australia and New Zealand today") with the launch in NZ today.

NZ has often been used as a bit of an experimental market, particularly in telecoms, as it is small and any mistakes can be rectified before being distributed more widely.

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