Not one, but two - that's how many new tablet computers Sony raised the curtain on today. The consumer electronics behemoth is optimistic about the chances its two Google Android-based touchscreen tablets have at competing with Apple's presently untouchable iPad and iPad 2.
According to Sony, both tablets will reach consumers this fall, Reuters is reporting. The tablets, called S1 and S2, will use an operating system based on Google's Android 3.0. They are WiFi and 3G/4G compatible. One of the models will even sport two screens.
Kunimasa Suzuki, deputy president of the consumer products and services group, says the S1 has a 9.4-inch display while S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded. Avid video-gamers, in particular, have substantial reason for excitement. The tablets will allow gamers to enjoy PlayStation games on the new devices.
Sales of tablet devices are expected to quadruple to about 294 million units between 2011 and 2015, with almost half that Android-based, research firm Gartner has forecast.
"Although it's a late comer in the market, it has potential as what you need is just one big uniqueness that can sell to customers be it design or whatever," said Lee Sun-tae, an analyst at Meritz Securities in Seoul. "By the same token it can be just one of another Android phones flooding the market amid intensifying competition."