Sony Rumored to Push Out Android Tablet by Summer

It has been rumored for more than a month now, but it seems that things are a little more official now, if not fully announced — Sony is working on an Android tablet for release this summer.

Sony USA CEO Sir Howard Stringer apparently said as much, according to a story from Bloomberg, confirming that the company is developing a device that will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google’s tablet-dedicated version of its mobile operating system. It’ll be a Playstation-certified device (obviously), which means it’ll be primed for Sony’s upcoming PSX-playing Playstation Suite, and will be able to play games against other Playstation Suite devices like the company’s forthcoming handheld, the NGP.

The tablet — which is being called the S1 — is reportedly being developed by the VAIO team. Rumor has it that it’ll be released in the U.S. first and will have front and back touch panels, like NGP does; Engadget described the design as “a magazine folded backwards on itself.” It’ll also supposedly sport a 9.4-inch screen and use NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip.

Via Pocket Gamer.

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