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  • Sony Likely to Challenge iPad With New Tablet



    Recently, MMI extended coverage to the industry rumor that consumer electronics juggernaut Sony was thinking about jumping head first into the tablet pool to challenge Apple and possibly claim a chunk of the iPad's market share. Illustrating that every now and then a rumor in the tech world can still manifest into reality, the Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Sony is giving the green light to a tablet product of its own.

    Sony is developing a portable device that shares characteristics of netbook computers, e-book readers and hand-held game machines, according to people familiar with the matter.
    Sony's CFO, Nobuyuki Oneda, revealed that Sony “has to develop a device similar to Apple's iPad tablet computer, because it is a different product category than the company's existing electronic-book reader.” A Sony tablet, however, could be an outstanding product; one that would certainly be sleek, comfortably familiar, and capable of providing no shortage of bells and whistles to satisfy everyone from staunch book worms to crazed video game fanatics.

    While's Apple's arrogance is sometimes too overpowering for its own good, a Sony tablet could humble Cupertino a bit and foster greater competition in the tablet marketplace - a situation that ultimately bodes well for consumers, though not necessarily for Apple. Sony, which already has a positive relationship with other industry giants like Google, may soon find itself delivering an Android-based alternative to the iPad that could really shake things up in the tablet computer business.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony Likely to Challenge iPad With New Tablet started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. George Lopez's Avatar
      George Lopez -
      Sony will win! iPad sucks!
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      George Lopez? AGAIN??

      If Sony delivers a good product Apple will get some competition which will keep them on their feet.
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      show me a tablet that can run 1080p .mkv and has hdmi out, and im in
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Any competition is welcomed We will be the benefactors of it.
    1. r0bErT4u's Avatar
      r0bErT4u -
      I hope they launch fast & competively price it. The Sony eBook Reader came too late & pricey.
    1. itaintrite's Avatar
      itaintrite -
      May I just say that it's inevitable?

      Sony make some of the sexiest electronics out there. Combine that with Google's Android. I drool at the possibilities. Oh god... gimme Sony Android Tablet now! With Snapdragon and Tegra 2 and HDMI and 16-hour battery :P I'm willing to pay iPad price for that. The Aigo/Compal tablets look amazing too (assuming they'll actually come out soon...) at $350.

      I agree with NVidia. Apple set the bar too low with the iPad specs.
    1. knguyen's Avatar
      knguyen -
      Quote Originally Posted by leram84 View Post
      show me a tablet that can run 1080p .mkv and has hdmi out, and im in
      Here. Tablet costs less than half of the iPad, plays 1080p | DVICE
    1. Jawcl's Avatar
      Jawcl -
      I love Sony, but Apple's iPad is probably going to end up winning.
    1. stickyd's Avatar
      stickyd -
      Quote Originally Posted by George Lopez View Post
      Sony will win! iPad sucks!

      1st!!
      Yeah, because Sony has been so competitive with all of Apple's other products! Sony's a joke!
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      I dont know y but i would preety much dislike a tablet that runs windows 7 but a tablet would be awesome if it runs OSX i prob go first for google android , ipad , sony/hpslate
    1. eorellana's Avatar
      eorellana -
      In order to Sony make a Hit with its tablet, it would have to joinventure with Android. If they make a stand alone XBR menu like the PS3, I would'nt see much market penetration...
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      i certainly think that the competition is good. the next iPad will be even better.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      It has a stylus and the graphics look like they were done in crayon by a 5 year old.
      Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 R3 operation system... what is that?!
      720Mhz processor on a WINDOWS OS?! Please... can you say laggy and fail?! No wonder the thing costs $180.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      not to forget it wont have any of the iPad apps
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      ha, yeah, i just saw that on engadget and chuckled... i guess i should have added remotely functional to my list of desired features.
    1. iRoach74's Avatar
      iRoach74 -
      ive always liked sony. i was thinking about getting an ipad, but if this happens i may not....
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      By the time anyone actually gets around to finalizing their product it will be time for the second generation iPad so for anyone thinking about waiting for any of these mythical devices.. I wouldn't hold your breath.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      How is this news? Everyone and their mother is trying to produce a tablet to compete with the iPad. Sony? WTF? Oh yeah, they've done real well against Apple for the past 7 years. These are the guys who invented the walkman, but when it came to mp3 players they fell flat and haven't been able to get back up. I won't be holding my breath for this tablet.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      By the time anyone actually gets around to finalizing their product it will be time for the second generation iPad so for anyone thinking about waiting for any of these mythical devices.. I wouldn't hold your breath.
      Yea but I'll be able to run Windows instead of an OS designed for a phone. Just look at the lock screen on iPad. Retarded.
    1. George Lopez's Avatar
      George Lopez -
      U all know im right! Sony will kill off the iPad!! I am the man!!!