Sony + Honeycomb Bee

Sony will release an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet by the end of summer, according to Bloomberg, which cites Japanese newspaper Nikkei. Nikkei's report is apparently based on information from Sony CEO Howard Stringer, and says Sony will launch its tablet to the U.S. market first.

These reports add considerable weight to earlier rumors that Sony is working on a 9.4-inch Honeycomb tablet based around its PlayStation Suite and Qriocity service. The tablet, codenamed "S1", was said to be powered by a Tegra 2 processor, and due for a September release at a price point around $600.

Early concept drawings of the S1 showed an interesting design with a bulge at one end to make it easier to hold and prop up. If Sony can combine this design with a compelling software package then they could be onto a winner. We'll keep you posted in the months ahead as more info emerges. [Bloomberg]


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Sony Honeycomb tablet in U.S. 'by end of summer', says Nikkei


The problems is that Sony thinks they have a premium brand and can charge more. Tech savvy consumers know that Sony sells junk crippled by spyware, DRM, with commodity parts.

Sony will try to sell a tablet for $600, worth only $300

Well if their pricing wasn't bad enough, their tendency to sue their customers make it simply impossible for me to buy any sony product ever again.

Samsung is slowly working its way to the same status in my eyes, but as of today, Sony is the king of the hill of user unfriendly arrogant companies.

I haven't touched a Sony product since they sneaked a rootkit installer onto audio CDs a few years ago. I like their product designs but I can't trust a company that treats all its customers like criminals by default.