Sony S1 Honeycomb Tablet News: Release could be summer

Regular readers may remember that back in February we brought you some news about a new Sony tablet device that would run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. At the time the device was being dubbed the Sony S1, a 9.4-inch tablet, and we showed a mock-up wrap design. Now it seems that the Sony Honeycomb tablet may well be heading to the U.S. in time for a summer release.

The tablet was described as having a customized version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, which was described as “cutting edge,” and other specs and features were thought to be a Tegra 2 processor and cameras on both front and rear. Now we hear that Sony chief executive, Howard Stringer has been quoted as saying that a Sony Honeycomb tablet will be released by the end of the summer according to the Nikkei newspaper in Japan.

The news comes to us from Thomas Ricker of Engadget, sourced from Bloomberg, and it seems as though this impressive sounding tablet will be coming to the US before anywhere else. Although it’s not confirmed that this is the S1 tablet previously referred to, it certainly all fits. Engadget adds that Stringer spoke about this at the same event where he leaked news that started rumors of a Sony 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5, which we reported this weekend.

Since the news of a late summer release for what we think is the S1, Sony has now told AV Watch, a Japanese website, that the Honeycomb tablet will be released before the end of the year rather than mentioning summer. That could be when it’s due out in Japan though, so it’s confusion all round but at least it looks as though it’s definitely coming.

Also Tony Smith on RegHardware speculates that if the S1 tablet is not coming until the end of summer Sony could be holding out in order to use an NVIDIA quad-core processor instead. The mobile device quad-core chip is due to be released at the end of summer so we can certainly hope, although of course this is only speculation. Would you be interested in a Sony Android Honeycomb tablet? Let us know with your comments.