Sony has been conspicuously absent from the tablet market, but according to sources who spoke to Engadget, that will change by this fall. The word is that the company is customizing Google’s Android 3.0 OS with its own UI elements—and Sony will be releasing that goodness in the form of a 9.4-inch tablet codenamed “S1.”
According to the sources, Sony’s tweaks to the Honeycomb OS will include an emphasis on the company’s new Qriocity ecosystem for ebooks, games, music, and video. The S1 will reportedly come pre-loaded with a Bravia Media Remote and Sony PS One games; it will also offer PlayStation integration.
Apart from Google’s tablet-friendly OS and Sony’s custom UI, the tablet is said to boast a unique “wrap” design that’s meant to improve touch-typing ergonomics and make one-handed operation less taxing. (The image above is a mockup.) We’ll have to see the tablet ourselves to see if these claims hold water, but we’re certainly intrigued. On the spec side, the Sony Honeycomb tablet is said to sport a 1,280 x 800-pixel display and run a Tegra 2 CPU under the hood.
Engadget reports that the Wi-Fi version of the S1 will ship in September for $599. We expect plenty of updates in the weeks and months ahead.