Sony S1 Tablet News: Cutting Edge Android Honeycomb

Earlier this year we predicted that 2011 would be the year of the tablets and that’s sure proving to be true. With so many great tablets coming to the market soon such as the Motorola Xoom, the BlackBerry Playbook and HTC Flyer, not to mention the iPad 2 is there room for another? Well Sony appear to think so and many people will be pleased to hear of plans by Sony to enter the tablet market with a 9.7-inch tablet device.

This news has come to us courtesy of Thomas Ricker over on Engadget who says that the information comes from “two highly trusted and independent sources.” The Sony tablet, which for now is being dubbed as the S1, will use a customized version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Ricker stresses that the developments by Sony on this score are supposedly “cutting edge.” Sony’s Qriocity on demand service is apparently very much central to the S1, which is being developed by the Vaio team but will not necessarily have the Vaio name, and then we come to the intriguing-sounding design.

Ricker says that the design was described to him as “beautiful, the best thing,” which is some claim. There are no images available save a mockup drawing on Engadget that we have pictured here, but the S1 is said to be curvaceous with a “wrap” design, which has got our imaginations working overtime. The design is also said to lend itself to giving the tablet a good angle to work on. Other details about the S1 are 2 cameras on front and rear and a Tegra 2 processor, and the front of the tablet has a high-gloss black finish with the reverse a matte-silver finish.

The release of the S1 is due in September at a price of around $599 for a WiFi-only version but anything could happen between now and then and nothing is definite. This is pretty exciting news for Sony fans though.

You may also be interested in an article by Pavel Avis over on yesterday which tells of surprise that Sony did not announce any tablets at MWC 2011 yet, even though Sony apparently has plans to become the world’s second-largest tablet maker. This news from Engadget then will be a surprise for many people. What are your thoughts on a tablet at last from Sony? Why not send us a comment to let us know.