Japan’s Nikkei newspaper quotes Sony Corp’s CEO Howard Stringer as saying a Sony tablet will be released by the end of the summer. The tablet will run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and will make its debut in the US.
Sony later told Japanese site AV Watch that the tablet would be released before the end of 2011. It’s not yet clear if that statement was intended to supersede the comments made by Howard, or if the year-end ETA relates to the Japanese release.
We’ve already heard rumours of the Sony Qriocity S1 tablet, which will adopt a rounding bulge to make it easier to hold in one hand.
There’s also the “S2”, which is rumoured to have an intriguing clamshell design. Two 5.5in screens sit in landscape mode, allowing the user to view, for example, an email inbox on top while composing an email on the bottom.
Both of those tablets are said to run Honeycomb. It’s not clear which – if either – of the tablets Howard’s comments refer to.
Sony is coming late to the tablet game, but is also rumoured to be planning a Windows 7-based device.