Sony has officially thrown its hat into the tablet computer ring when it introduced not one but two tablet computers at a media conference in Tokyo earlier this week.
With almost every gadget manufacturer featuring a tablet in its line-up nowadays, tablet releases have become a bit run-of-the-mill. However, Japanese company Sony Corporation has managed to make the tech world sit up and take note by coming up with tablet designs that deviate from what has become the norm.
A few days ago, Sony announced that it will be entering the tablet market with two devices, respectively code-named S1 and S2, with two distinctive and world-first designs.
The S1 will sport a wedge-shaped design and tapered width which the company says will make it more ergonomic to work on/with and which will enable users to tote it around “like a magazine”. According to the manufacturer, the inspiration for the design came from the way that people sometimes fold a magazine in half in order to hold it with one hand. The S2 has an even more unique design: dual screens separated by a hinge, which can be folded like a book and on which e-books can be viewed and read like their hardcover or paperback counterparts.
Both will run on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating systems and Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip, boast front and rear facing cameras, be WiFi and 3G/4G compatible, enable users to play Sony PlayStation games, send and receive e-mails, do social networking and consume online media such as music, videos and e-books from Sony’s cloud-based library and Reader store.
The Sony S1 will boast a 9.4 inch (23.87 centimetre) screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, 512MB RAM, 32GB memory, and perform double duty as a remote control on Sony products.
The S2, on the other hand, will have the dual displays, each measuring 5.5 inches (13.97 centimetres). Apart from like-a-real-book e-reading, the dual screens will be utilised by some of Sony’s own apps, such as the mail app, which shows the e-mail’s text on the top screen and the mail list on the bottom screen.
Although Sony did not announce a price or a release date, some reports suggest that it could ship later this year and will cost in the region of $599 for the S1 and $699 for the S2.
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