Engadget scored an exclusive scoop on an upcoming tablet from Sony which will release with Android Honeycomb. According to various insiders that have spoken with Engadget, Sony is working on a 9.4” Android 3.0 tablet internally dubbed “S1”, which will run a customized UI from Sony, and that the tablet's form factor will be quite different from what we are used to seeing.
The software and interface of the S1 (device illustrated above based on what Engadget has been told) is being designed by the team responsible for the Sony VAIO, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson product lines.
The user experience on the S1 will focus upon Qriocity, Sony's recently announced and launched on-demand service for games, music, ebooks, and videos. The S1 is planned to launch with some PSX games pre-installed, and will be PlayStation-certified.
Hardware-wise, Engadget received confirmation that the S1 will come with an IR port, USB-A port (for flash drives and peripherals likely), front and rear-facing cameras, a 1,280 x 800 resolution display, and a Tegra 2 processor.
The front of the device is said to a “high gloss black” finish, while the back has a “matte-silver” finish of unknown material, with a “subtle dot matrix texture” to incrase grip while holding the device.
The curve of the S1's body is designed to alleviate the cumbersome weight distribution of current tablet designs by including a bulged edge at the top, which is where the majority of the device's components will be located.
Price is expected to be around $600 for the Wi-Fi only version, and the release is currently planned for September, but Engadget notes that the release date has already been pushed back several times, so don't make any bets yet on when this device will get into the hands of consumers.
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