Enters market projected to reach $49bn in 2015
Sony has launched its first tablet computers at a media briefing in Tokyo.
The two new models, S1 and S2 tablets, will run on Google’s Android 3.0, otherwise known as Honeycomb, and the gadgets will be able to play PlayStation games, said Sony deputy president of the consumer products Kunimasa Suzuki.
The tablets are WiFi and 3G/4G compatible, Suzuki added. While the S1 comes with a 9.4-inch display, the S2 has two 5.5-inch foldable screens.
Both tablets will be available later this year and have Sony’s Qirocity music service access.
Suzuki had recently said that Sony was aiming for the No.2 spot in the tablet market within a year.
Google Mobile senior vice-president Andy Rubin said, "Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I’m excited about ‘Sony Tablet’ as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for."
The global tablet computer market is expected to grow from zero in 2009 to $49bn in 2015, beating every consumer electronic product except TVs and PCs by 2015.
The tablet era started last year with Apple’s iPad.
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, 149 million tablet devices will be sold in 2015, registering an eightfold rise from 2010.