Sony looks set to join the tablet party after all with a 9.4-inch device being touted with serious gaming credentials.
As well as getting their hands on this mock-up image, Engadget claims to have had the device confirmed by “trusted and independent sources” that say the slate, codenamed “S1” will run on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.
In terms of key features, Sony’s recently launched Qriocity service will play a major role in helping the S1 to deliver music, games, ebooks and video on demand content.
As well as landing with Sony PS One games preloaded onto the tablet, some form of PlayStation integration is likely to feature as well. The S1 is now apparently PlayStation certified which is good news for gaming tablet fans.
Unlike the more conventional design of the tablets we have seen so far, we can expect a ‘wrap’ design for the S1 which is said to mimic an open paperback stuffed into the back pocket. Bizarre as that sounds, it is supposed to make the tablet better to touch-type on, and make it easier to hold in one hand.
Constructed from materials that ‘feel premium’ the S1 will boast front and rear-facing cameras, a USB-A port, an IR port for controlling other devices, a Bravia Remote function, and will pack a Tegra 2 processor. A dedicated Qriocity button is something that is still currently up for discussion.
There has even been talk of Sony S1 pricing with $599 being tipped for a Wi-Fi only version. It is also expected to start shipping in September, which is around about the time many are talking about Apple preparing a tablet -shaped ‘surprise’ for us as well.
While we wait for the Sony PlayStation tablet to surface you can take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 'PSP' phone to get a taste of what could be on the way.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Source: T3 Tech Video