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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. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      Quote Originally Posted by George Lopez View Post
      U all know im right! Sony will kill off the iPad!! I am the man!!!
      you sir, are possibly the most annoying MMi member around
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      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.
      The second generation iPad will not be that much better than the first, I think I remember you yourself saying something about about taking their time to implement new features.

      Imagine the Xperia X10's TimeScape and MediaScape running on a 10 inch tablet. Then add a program to let you sync with your PS3, or better yet use the screen as kickass mouse-keyboard combination.

      Yeah. That's what I thought.
    1. mitchell209's Avatar
      mitchell209 -
      Can't wait for some competition for the iPad will be interesting to see the results. Although I doubt it will be Sony who can really compete with the iPad.
    1. Anndy's Avatar
      Anndy -
      Quote Originally Posted by leram84 View Post
      show me a tablet that can run 1080p .mkv and has hdmi out, and im in
      NotionInk Adam to be out in June

    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Excellent gimme some hugh end and gaming(like my faithful psp) and I'm sold I
      haven't got the ipad cus it's not here yet officialy and with the iPhone launch a few days ahead inwont be spending more on an ipa if the Sony tablet is worthwile

    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anndy View Post
      NotionInk Adam to be out in June

      WOW!!! how did i miss this. Thanks for the link dude... this looks amazing!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Sony tablet with Android OS and XMB on top will be awesome. It'll be higher spec'd and probably cheaper than the rip off iPad.
      I love Sony products more than Apple products
    1. x999x's Avatar
      x999x -
      based on the current line-up frenzy at the ginza apple store for the ipad launch, all i can say to sony is GOOD LUCK!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
    1. 01grander's Avatar
      01grander -
      The problem has always been development if its not going to be able to run regular os software.