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Sony Tablet S1 (left), S2 (right)
Because two is better than one

We saw the potential of a dual-screen Android smartphone in the Kyocera Echo. Now, Sony is hoping to harness that potential and differentiate itself in the tablet market.

Today, Sony announced two different models of the upcoming "Sony Tablet." The first, codenamed the S1, has a more straightforward form factor. It's an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based tablet with a 9.4-inch display and an off-center of gravity design that is aimed at increasing stability and lightness. 

The second tablet, the S2, takes an even more novel approach to the traditional tablet form factor. It sports two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded, making it easier to transport. The dual screens can be combined into one larger screen, or used for two different functions -- playing video on the top screen while displaying user controls on the bottom.

"I'm excited about 'Sony Tablet' as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for,” Google Senior VP of Mobile Andy Rubin said in a press release.

Sony Tablet will also heavily employ cloud-based services, such as Qriocity for music and video streaming, PlayStation Suite for gaming, and ReaderStore2 for ebooks.

Both devices also sport DLNA functionality for easy transfer of content to larger screens or stereo systems, and the S1 sports infrared technology that allows the device to act as a remote for many BRAVIA devices.

Sony Tablet is scheduled to hit global markets this fall. No pricing has been announced.

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Am I missing the point
By ogar on 4/26/2011 8:41:24 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 10 inch tablet currently. I have plenty of programs that split this screen in different ways that i see little use for a dual screen tablet. Yet is would fold in half and be easier for transport however the drawbacks of losing the larger screen far outweigh the benefits.
Regardless i guess options even if they are not for me are a good thing.

RE: Am I missing the point
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/26/2011 8:57:32 AM , Rating: 4
Folding Yetis? Now that is something. Eventually someone is going to make a folding screen that appears totally seamless, using some sort of prism bezel. The first one who does it right is going to make a fortune.

RE: Am I missing the point
By StevoLincolnite on 4/26/2011 10:49:29 AM , Rating: 3
Eventually someone is going to make a folding screen that appears totally seamless

Samsung has almost got it. :)

RE: Am I missing the point
By marvdmartian on 4/26/2011 9:23:08 AM , Rating: 1
This might be a nice design, in a few years, when the foldable displays that have been invented have become more mainstream. Imagine, something narrow enough to fit into the back pocket of your jeans, but that will open up, having a flexible display inside that now lays flat, is a nice size, and doesn't have the plastic bezel splitting the screen in half.

An idea before it's time, it seems!

RE: Am I missing the point
By augiem on 4/26/2011 12:37:55 PM , Rating: 2
This is one step in the evolution of the idea and necessary to get to the point where you're pointing to. It's all evolution, not revolution. The hopeful monster theory is just as silly with technology.

RE: Am I missing the point
By Da W on 4/26/2011 9:45:14 AM , Rating: 2
I like Asus Eee pad transformer concept better, combine it with Windows 8 next year, and may be a concept where the tablet part has an ARM soc and the optional base has a full X86 soc, big hard drive and capable GPU and we will be talkin.
And sell it as a laptop with a removable tablet and not like a tablet with an optional base.

RE: Am I missing the point
By Scabies on 4/26/2011 11:27:15 AM , Rating: 2
wouldnt there be an issue where this program was written for ARM but that one was written for x86?

I do like the idea of having one device that can do it all, and you just dock it into something for extra horsepower then remove it for portability.

or just make a beast ultraportable that can tune down to lower power consumption...

RE: Am I missing the point
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/26/2011 11:38:28 AM , Rating: 1
If the Win8 kernel was written in ARM then you'd only need a couple small bobcat x86 cores to execute your x86 code, and your small ARM cores would handle all the new apps and OS functions. We know ARM cores are very power efficient, and if the kernel and most of the OS ran on ARM then the x86 cores could spend most of their time sleeping. If you wanted to open an excel spreadsheet then that would wake the x86 cores. Otherwise they'd stay asleep and battery life would go thru the roof. I imagine this is how it will work. Now just leave it to M$ to take a simple concept and turn it into a boondoggle that ends up consuming even more power!

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