Based on comments by Sony CFO Masaru Kato and Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, we knew Sony was working on a tablet, most likely a unit running Windows 7. Today, we finally got a hint at potential hardware, courtesy of an FCC filing.
Unfortunately, the filing doesn’t reveal much, other than the tablet will support 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and was submitted by the VAIO Business Group. There are also three model numbers listed, suggesting the Sony tablet could come in various flavors of perhaps processor and storage options.
Any additional info is locked down until January 20th, which is 11 days after CES ends. So maybe we will find out more in Vegas.
During an earnings call in October, a Sony exec claimed through a translator, “It is true Apple has led the market, but when we are to enter the market, we would like to put a Sony character onto the… a new product, and that is the effort we are making right now.”
The Sony exec also implied the tablet would be part of the large company’s mobile strategy and more in line with their smartphone brand than their laptop line.
“On one hand, there is PC, and on the other hand, there is the joint venture with Ericsson on smartphones and for the gaming devices. And tablets, some fall somewhere in between,” another claimed through a translator.
Steve Ballmer has not publically mentioned Sony as a Microsoft partner in tablets, but the Sony logo did appear on one of Ballmer’s presentation slides under the heading “Coming Within the Year, Windows 7 Slates” during a Microsoft partner keynote last summer.