Sony could be entering tablet market later this year

The rumored tablet may have gaming and Playstation functionalities

Sony has been quite mum about its tablet plans, if any, and is continuing to be so even after this year’s Mobile World Conference. Engadget, however, is claiming that Sony could have something in the works for a future tablet. Notorious for product leaks, Engadget was the first to leak the then much-rumored Sony Playstation Phone, which is now known as the Xperia Play and was demonstrated last week at Barcelona. This gives some credibility to the claims made, especially since Sony is one of the larger electronics manufacturers who have yet to announce a tablet line.

If coming to fruition, the Sony tablet would reportedly run a customized Android 3.0 interface with an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and be Playstation Suite certified. This would allow for downloable Playstation Network games and PSOne classics in a similar fashion to the upcoming Xperia Play. Software may focus on Sony’s Qriosity service, which is an e-book, music and video on-demand service currently provided in the United States. The design of the tablet would supposedly be catered towards easier one-handed operation by having most of the hardware and weight near one side of the tablet.

The release date for such a tablet could be as early as September, but nothing is set in stone until Sony decides to officially announce its strategy for tackling the growing tablet market.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.