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.
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.
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.
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.
Tablet will also heavily employ cloud-based services, such as Qriocity for
music and video streaming, PlayStation Suite for gaming,
and ReaderStore2 for ebooks.
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.
Tablet is scheduled to hit global markets this fall. No pricing has been