Sony to Release Clamshell S2 and Slider VAIO Tablet PC

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Sony S2 ClamshellSony looks to be taking tips from both Nintendo and Samsung, with a clamshell, dual-screen device and a slider tablet PC due later this year.

Inside sources have maintained that aside from the recently revealed Sony “S1” Qriocity tablet, the company is also working on an “S2,” which will be a Honeycomb-based clamshell with two 5.5-inch displays. Aside from its unique design, the S2 will have features similar to the S1, with a Tegra 2 system on a chip, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and front- and rear-facing cameras.

While the S2, like the S1, will also be focused on providing users with Qriocity media, whether or not it is PlayStation certified has yet to be determined.

Samsung Slider
Samsung Slider @ CES

Though the device has potential, the trusted sources are skeptical about the S2, saying that Sony doesn’t appear to have complete confidence in it. One source was also concerned about the gap between the two screens, saying that it should be smaller, while another called the device a “dog.” Regardless, Sony will ship the device before the holidays to the US, Europe, and Japan at a $699 price point, according to Engadget.

Sony’s other planned device, a VAIO-branded, 9.4-inch Windows 7 slider, will also be due out this year in the fall. Similar in design to the Samsung Sliding PC 7 series, which was officially revealed at CES in January, the VAIO slider will be powered by a Pinetrail-class Atom processor. The current anticipated asking price for the VAIO tablet slider is $799, but one of the sources has said that it will most likely increase by the time it goes on sale, possibly in October.

Source: Engadget

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