The 80-second video shows a high-tech Rube Goldberg-like contraption activating various features on the tablets.
Consumer electronics giant Sony's S1 and S2 tablets, powered by
Google's Android operating system, have been revealed in greater detail
through the release of a teaser video showcasing the products' design
and capabilities. The 80-second video,
the second in a series of five, shows a high-tech Rube Goldberg-like
contraption activating various features on the tablets. The first
photos and video of the devices being held came from the Website Notebook Italia, which the organization took at a private event in Italy.
Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not
only browse the Internet or check email but they can also access
digital content including videos, games and books through Sony's
network services. The S1 has a 9.4-inch display for browsing the Web
and media content. In addition, its off-center of gravity design is
engineered for stability and ease of grip.
The smaller S2 tablet comes with two 5.5-inch displays that can be
folded for increased portability. In contrast to rival tablets, its
dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be
combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as
playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.
Through Qriocity music and video services, users can access rich
video and music content. Also, through the company's PlayStation Suite,
users can access first generation PlayStation titles. Additionally,
users can download ebook content from Reader Store and use both tablets
as digital reading devices.
The S1 uses infrared technology and works as universal remote
controls for a variety of AV devices. Users can perform functions like
turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume.
Also, through DLNA functionality on the tablet, users can "throw"
personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless
"Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new
holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for
devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets," said Andy
Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google. "I'm excited about
the Sony tablet as it will further spur the development of applications
and network offerings which users are looking for."
In 2010, Sony launched the network platform Qriocity, which connects
many of Sony's network-enabled devices, and has been expanding its
services into global markets. Also, Sony Computer Entertainment has
been providing various contents and services for PlayStation users
through PlayStation Network, which now has more than 75 million
registered accounts (as of March 20, 2011) worldwide.
Simultaneously, Sony said it would continue to announce various
devices that leverage these services. Starting in early 2011, Sony
Computer Entertainment announced the next-generation portable
entertainment system (codename NGP) while Sony Ericsson Mobile
Communications brought "Xperia Play" to the market. The company said it
is introducing the tablets to deliver an entertainment experience which
integrates hardware with network services that deliver rich
With the establishment of Consumer Products and Services Group in
April 2011, Sony will also focus on accelerating the development of
innovative next generation products and aim to deliver a new lifestyle
by strengthening the integration of hardware and network services.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.