The tablet market is becoming one of the most competitive markets in the mobile device world with more and more manufacturers getting involved. The leading manufacturer and producer of the most popular tablet on the market to date is Apple with their iPad 2. One major manufacturer, that is yet to even release a tablet of their own onto the market, is Sony.
It’s been a few months since the Japan based company first announced their S1 and S2 tablets, yet details on the two devices are scarce. Today we have news however, that AT&T is being favored over other carriers to have the Sony S2 Android tablet exclusively. The news was announced today via PRNewsire and confirms what was already suspected since an FCC report about the multi-functional, dual-screen tablet, codenamed S2, was peeked at.
We previously brought you news about the Sony S1 tablet, suggesting that its release could lead to the extinction of iPad gaming. This is due to the PlayStation compatibility and functionality that Sony has promised and what we already know about the level of portable gaming that already exists from the company with the PSP.
The Sony S2 is unique to other tablets due to its dual-screen, which makes is something that AT&T finds appealing. Senior Vice President of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics, Mike Lucas says the company is pleased to be working with AT&T specifically as they are able to provide the speeds that are essential for the S2 tablet’s functions and features.
The deal with AT&T would see Sony take advantage of the carriers high 4G and mobile broadband which has over 20,000 hot spots across the nation. Online gaming could become a key feature with the S2 thanks to the high speeds as well as streaming online media such as videos. The Sony tablet is said to provide some exceptional graphics also.
There is no confirmation of a release date as of yet, nor is there any word of how much the company will be offering the Sony device for. With the tablet market as competitive as it is today the pricing of the S2 will be crucial, over pricing could see customers defer to the more well know tablets like the iPad or more game specific devices like the PSP. Check out the article at Engadget for the full press release. How do you feel about the device launching with AT&T?