After all the tablets have been coming out at CES 2011, and now finishing off MWC 2011, there have been rumors and wonders on why we didn’t see a Sony tablet announced with all the other goodies we got. Rumors also were about that the Sony tablet would have special “PlayStation” gaming options like the Xperia Play smartphone, but again, no information came out…until now.
Apparently the VAIO section of Sony will be putting out a tablet device which will have PlayStation gaming built in, and will be 9.4 inches in size running Android 3.0. The design above is a mockup and not official, but Engadget was told that the Sony tablet may have a curved flap design to it, meant to remind us of the tablet being a personal item like a book or magazine.
The tablet will have 1280×800 resolution, IR for remote control capabilities on other devices like your Bravia TV, dual-core Tegra2 processor, USB-A port supporting flash drive input, and a volume rocker on the side all running Honeycomb OS. Price should be around $599, and meant to compete directly with the Apple iPad. We should see the Sony S1 shipping in September this year. By the time this comes out, we may even see NVIDIA Quad-Core ‘KAL-EL” chips in it. That would be awesome!