Sony Qriocity S1 Honeycomb tablet due in September

Sony isn't planning on missing out on the tablet revolution for much longer, according to a report by Engadget. The US tech website has detailed the codenamed S1 tablet, with the specification info coming courtesy of two "highly trusted and independent sources".

So, what exactly can we expect from the Japanese conglomerate?

Well, the S1 tablet is said to be a 9.4-inch, Android 3.0 touting machine that is currently going under the knife by various Sony development teams (PlayStation, Vaio, Reader and Sony Ericsson too) and is ultimately being led by the Vaio team. Although chances are that it won't come to market as a Vaio device.

Nope, it'll probably land as a Qriocity device - as the Sony streaming platform is the tablet's raison d'etre. Heck, it may even have a Q button on board for quickly summoning the music, videos, games and eBooks that the cloud based service offers.

But it won't be entirely Qriocity focused - it'll also come loaded with some PSone games, and will have other PlayStation compatibility on board too - think Remote Play or the Android PlayStation Suite.

There will also be link ups with your Sony Bravia home cinema devices and there is even talk of an IR port too, so you can control other brand's machines.

It'll run courtesy of the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip and will feature both front and rear cameras all packed into the sexy looking curve format - with the traditional tablet symmetry shunned in favour of a side heavy curve that will be used for easier holding and angled typing.

Sony is looking to bring the S1 into the real world by September with a Wi-Fi only version price-tag of $599 being mentioned.

It all sounds very exciting indeed. Although our only concern is that, if the Google keynote at MWC is anything to go by, Honeycomb may be a bit old hat by the time September comes around. Maybe Sony could end up driving the Ice-Cream van instead?



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