Gadget blogs were full of juicy reports today.
First Engadget posted details of a $599 tablet that Sony may be preparing to release in September as a browsing-gaming-reading device, with the PlayStation brand. It’s based on Android Honeycomb with a 9.4-inch touchscreen, USB ports and an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
It seems like a natural move, to continue Sony’s development on Google’s software beyond the new Sony Ericsson gaming phone and GoogleTV devices, and create a bigger mobile device that connects to Sony’s online media services.
But the coolest thing about the tablet is its design, with a curved edge on one side, like a magazine that’s opened rolled back. The idea is to make it easier to hold for a longer period of time, according to the report.
The phone roadmap includes a “next generation” Windows Phone 7 device coming in July – it looks like Dell’s current Venue Pro WP7 phone – and two dual-core devices based on the upcoming Android “Ice Cream” software, including one with a 4-inch screen appearing in September and a 4.3-incher in October.
Even more interesting, though, is Dell’s tablet lineup. The highlight is a Windows 8 model code-named “Peju” that’s scheduled to appear in January 2012. If true, that’s the first clear indication of when to expect Microsoft’s next major operating system. A January launch at the Consumer Electronics Show would also be a tidy follow-up to Microsoft’s announcement last month that Windows 8 will run on tiny, mobile-device processors.
Before Peju arrives, Dell plans to ship at least three more tablets based on Android, including a Honeycomb-based device called “Gallo” in April.
The Windows 7 tablet that Dell mentioned recently may be the “Rosemount,” which is apparently going to be released around June 1 and have a high-definition screen with 1366 by 760 resolution.