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  • Sony Rolls Out Two New Tablets to Challenge the iPad


    Not one, but two - that's how many new tablet computers Sony raised the curtain on today. The consumer electronics behemoth is optimistic about the chances its two Google Android-based touchscreen tablets have at competing with Apple's presently untouchable iPad and iPad 2.

    According to Sony, both tablets will reach consumers this fall, Reuters is reporting. The tablets, called S1 and S2, will use an operating system based on Google's Android 3.0. They are WiFi and 3G/4G compatible. One of the models will even sport two screens.

    Kunimasa Suzuki, deputy president of the consumer products and services group, says the S1 has a 9.4-inch display while S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded. Avid video-gamers, in particular, have substantial reason for excitement. The tablets will allow gamers to enjoy PlayStation games on the new devices.

    Sales of tablet devices are expected to quadruple to about 294 million units between 2011 and 2015, with almost half that Android-based, research firm Gartner has forecast.
    "Although it's a late comer in the market, it has potential as what you need is just one big uniqueness that can sell to customers be it design or whatever," said Lee Sun-tae, an analyst at Meritz Securities in Seoul. "By the same token it can be just one of another Android phones flooding the market amid intensifying competition."

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony Rolls Out Two New Tablets to Challenge the iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 93 Comments
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      OS "based" on Googles Android? What does that mean?
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      double trouble for Apple
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      How are they using the OS "based" on Android? Is it going to be like HTC Sence or TouchWiz?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Finally a decent Android tablet, now all I got to do is choose is between BB PlayBook or the S1 or S2.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Booo SONY!
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      Lame. It won't make it
    1. Essenar's Avatar
      Essenar -
      The double screen folding one will be an epic double fold of fail. Devices like that are never good. It's like having a Chinese knock off iPhone with a bottle cap opener and a Swiss army knife integrated into one device called the iWhat.
    1. ash3s2012's Avatar
      ash3s2012 -
      Tablets from SONY. No Thanks
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      double trouble for Apple
      Double trouble for apple???
      Are u 4real? Lol
      See you at the line everyday trying to get one? Like the ipad2?
      I don't think so...
      Or maybe you still don't know what apple is...?
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Booo SONY!
      +1
    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Good try sony, well not really
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Quote Originally Posted by ash3s2012 View Post
      Tablets from SONY. No Thanks
      Hahaha agreed
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      So the first one is called sucks 1, and the second is sucks 1*2. If you can't figure out math, u r eligible for purchasing!
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      looks like a good device but too bad i would never buy a sony ever again. im afraid of them now.
    1. x2dope's Avatar
      x2dope -
      i wonder if they are as easily hacked as Sony's PSN Servers?
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      So the first one is called sucks 1, and the second is sucks 1*2. If you can't figure out math, u r eligible for purchasing!
      Wow that was so funny I forgot to laugh.

      No wait it was just incredibly stupid.
      Along with your terrible grammar you have got to be really stupid. Looks like you're eligible then.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      They should really try making tablets less like the iPad and more like a desktop or laptop in their function and not giving them restrictions, like what windows ce was like.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Really funny. Motorola released one Failed ! Samsung released one. FAILED ! Sony is releasing one, WILL PROB FAIL! No competition and Android based devices all run the same except they all carry different name, size, and specifications. Nothing close to iPad specifications and quality.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Dam so many apple fan boys in here, I bet half of you have a ps3!!!! The fact that this thing can play playstation games, makes it interesting to me. I'm sure it will never top the iPads, but competition is good. Duh!
    1. hoits2000's Avatar
      hoits2000 -
      Too little too late.