Now that HTC is in the tablet game, Sony stands as one of the last major electronics makers without a tablet. And aside from rumors, FCC filings and comments made by company execs, it seems the Japanese juggernaut is content with sitting on the sidelines.
That may soon change, as Engadget is reporting Sony is hard at work on a Honeycomb Android tablet codenamed “S1”. The top-secret tablet will allegedly have a 9.4-inch screen and unique, curved form factor that makes the iPad-sized tablet easier to hold and operate with one hand. The S1 will reportedly sport a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a Tegra 2 processor, just like some of the other Honeycomb tablets shipping in Q2.
Sony S1 Mockup
Where the S1 will differ, however, is that it won’t run pure Honeycomb, but rather Honeycomb with a custom UI with a focus on Qriocity, which is Sony’s European media on-demand service. In fact, a “Q button” might be the only physical button on the device, aside from the volume and power buttons.
The S1 will apparently be a sort of Sony all-in-one device, including PlayStation integration, pre-loaded PS One games, Bravia HDTV functionality (similar to the Panasonic Viera tablet, perhaps), and a hint of VAIO styling as Sony’s notebook group is leading in development. However, the S1 may not ship with VAIO branding.
A Wi-Fi-only S1 is rumored to ship in September for $599. The report also mentions an additional Sony Honeycomb tablet, which may be more in line with devices from Motorola, Toshiba, Samsung, and LG.