Enterprise Mobility: Sony Tablets Aim to Stand Out in Crowded Android Tablet Space

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-04-27 Print this article Print
Sony S1 Tablet

Sony S1 Tablet

Sony is planning to release two tablets worldwide this fall. One of them, code-named "S1," features a 9.7-inch display.
Sony revealed new details April 26 about the tablets company officials hope will propel it to the No. 2 spot—behind Apple, of course—in an incredibly crowded tablet marketplace. For now code-named "S1" and "S2," Sony executives said the tablets will arrive in the fall running Google's "Honeycomb" version of Android and featuring the ability to connect over WiFi, 3G or 4G. The S1 features a 9.4-inch display and, unlike anything currently on the market, has a shape mimicking that of a pad of paper with a few sheets folded over—a wedge of sorts. "With its off-center of gravity form factor, the 9.4-inch S1 offers stability and a sense of lightness, offering comfortable use for hours," Sony officials explained in a statement. The S2, taking clear cues from Sony's Nintendo DS gaming console, is a clamshell design that opens to reveal two 5.5-inch displays that can operate together for a large view or independently—a feature Sprint and Kyocera have played up on their new Echo smartphone. "For sure iPad is the king of tablets. But what is the second, what is the third? Who is taking the second position?" a Sony executive told Reuters in January. "That is our focus. We would like to really take the No. 2 position in a year."
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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