Sony to serve up two Tegra-based tablets

Sony is the latest big-name electronics maker to confirm its plans for tablets based on Android 3.0. The company has announced a couple of tablets code-named S1 and S2. Both offer something a little unusual on the display front. The S1 has a single panel measuring only 9.4", while the S2 sports dual 5.5" screens in a clamshell design.

Although the official press release doesn’t mention much in the way of specifications, ComputerWorld has some additional details. Tegra 2 hardware makes an appearance in both designs. The S1’s panel offers 1280×800 pixels, while each of the S2’s 5.5" screens has a 1024×480 display resolution. Users will be able to split applications between the S2’s screens for a little multitasking. They’ll also be able to use one as a dedicated keyboard or game controller.

Interestingly, the S1 has a curved, wedge-shaped profile designed to offer "stability and a sense of lightness." The design is meant to mimic a folded magazine, and it looks more comfortable to hold than your average slate.

Sony hasn’t confirmed when either tablet will be available, but Engadget expects them to hit the US by the fall. That sounds a little late, and users might be in for some sticker shock. Engadget’s sources foretell a $600 suggested retail price for the S1 and a $700 price tag for the S2.

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    • bender
    • 9 years ago

    Ew. Sony.

    All the proprietary dongles/memory cards, rootkits, changing what you can do with your own hardware after people have already bought it, and the general screw-the-customer behavior/attitude exhibited by Sony over the years, topped off with their current situation would prevent me from parting with a single dollar to those fruit cakes.

    • swaaye
    • 9 years ago

    There’s not enough gloss in that photo.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]"...it looks more comfortable to hold than your average slate"[/quote<] I beg to differ; the text describes the shape as 'like that of a folded magazine" and the image shows the thick edge at the top of the screen. That's counter-intuitive to me; you'll have most of the weight of the device furthest away from your hands (assuming that you hold it at the bottom, which I think 99% of tablet users do), [i<]and[/i<] means that you're trying to grip it on the thin edge. It seems to me that the exact opposite would be a lot more ergonomic. Am I missing something? Or am I just holding it wrong? Of course, if the display rotates, you can hold it any way you want 🙂

      • Peldor
      • 9 years ago

      For reading, browsing, and most apps, I think portrait orientation is more common, and this shape would be nice. Video and games are commonly landscape though. So it depends on what you want to do most. I would think it would be more comfortable to hold the thick edge at the bottom in landscape.

      [quote<]Of course, if the display rotates,[/quote<] If? Even Sony isn't boneheaded enough to make a tablet that doesn't rotate the display.

    • PRIME1
    • 9 years ago

    Transformer eee pad sells out in seconds.

    [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/26/asus-eee-pad-transformer-goes-on-sale-in-us-immediately-sells-o/[/url<] Seems these tegra tablets may actually challenge apple.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      not surprised. it’s a nice machine. too bad about the nvidia part. I’d like it better with some brazos. 6 hours of battery is enough for me, and the graphics are better.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 9 years ago

        Hard to seriously compare Bobcat to Tegra 2 when one uses a lot more power than the other and seems to have a different market it’s targeting…

        • Silus
        • 9 years ago

        Are you seriously comparing Tegra 2 and Brazos, especially in power consumption ? I think you need to check facts on both and not some AMD propaganda…Brazos isn’t a SoC, Tegra 2 is and it consumes much less power than Brazos does.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 9 years ago

          Considering that some tablets can go 20 hours on the battery, taking a hit by only switching to a higher power CPU and GPU doesn’t exactly ruin the concept. It’s not like they’re going to just yank a laptop’s guts and put it inside a tablet when they start using Bobcat for that. Tablets are trimmed down and use a lot less power to begin with.

            • Silus
            • 9 years ago

            Using the exact same battery for a Brazos and tegra 2 tablet, will yield far better results for the Tegra 2 system and that’s the point. Brazos by itself (without the additional components in a SoC, other than CPU and GPU) consumes much more power than Tegra 2.
            To use Brazos over Tegra 2 means a bigger battery and higher costs i.e. it makes no sense.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 9 years ago

            And yet, that is the option almost everyone goes with when they pick out a laptop.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    folding one looks crazy. other one looks pretty. They need to find some way to differentiate because everyone is pushing the same product. 3.0, and tegra 2.

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