Sony Ericsson previously had made it very clear that its main focus would be mobile phones and not tablets. Citing Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer, a Japanese newspaper, Nikkei, reported that Sony Corp, (not Sony Ericsson), would be making a Android 3.0 tablet and would be ready for release by end of summer. United States would be the first market to get the tablet followed by other markets later on. According to reports by Engadget, the S1 would be the first Playstation certified tablet. No other details are given right now. Previously it was rumored that the tablet would have a 9.4 inch capacitive touch screen, sport a 1280x800 resolution and would be powered by the nVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor.
Here is an illustration of the tablet:
As from the illustration above the form factor seems weird. We really don't know if the top part it has some functionality to it or if it is just a design. From the looks of it, it would give a better angle view and usability when kept on the table, because of its elevation. According to Engadget the "wrap" design also makes the tablet easy to handle from one hand, as the weight is shifted to the curve. Holding it in a portrait mode it makes sense, as it would be easy to hold it with one hand. As Android supports rotation, it could be easily held with a left or right hand. I am not too sure or convinced how easy it would be to hold this tablet design in landscape mode as the curve moves to the top. Engadget however claims that they have been told it is still comfortable to hold it in landscape as well.
As far as the pricing is concerned, rumors say that the wifi only version would match the iPad. More information and pictures regarding the first Android tablet from Sony as and when it becomes available.
[ via Engadget, Bloomberg ]