February 16th, 2011, 23:38 Posted By: wraggster
Here we go again. Now that Sony's officially revealed the PlayStation phone and PSP 2, of course the rumour mill finds something else to grind its way through, and this time it's a PlayStation tablet.
According to Engadget, citing "two highly trusted and independent sources", Sony is currently working on a PlayStation-certified tablet to go up against iPad and Samsung's offerings later this year.
Codenamed 'S1', it'll apparently be an Android 3.0-powered device with a 9.4 inch capacitive touch screen panel at 1,280 x 800 pixels.
The site says the device will be PlayStation certified - like the 'Xperia Play' Playstation Phone - meaning access to the PlayStation Suite and all its gaming offerings. It'll also be able to play PSone games and will come with one PSone title pre-installed. This comes in addition to compatibility to Sony's Qriosity and video on demand services, Sony Music and ebook offerings.
The tablet also apparently has a somewhat strange design, ditching the typically flat shape for a bulging curvature on one side of the machine, which is said to resemble "an open paperback stuffed into the back pocket, or a magazine folded backward upon itself such that only a single page is visible to read".
This bulge will house the battery, which shifts the weight to one side of the unit where users will hold it, apparently making it easier to hold than an iPad.
Front and rear-facing cameras are included, a Tegra 2 processor for those of you who knows what that is, and a USB port for memory sticks and whatnot.
All that's said to be coming for a price of $599, and is targeting a September release. We'll see. More info through the link.
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