Sony has been a major feature in the daily news around the world the past several weeks. The company’s movie development business backed a Seth Rogan and James Franco starred movie called, The Interview. Cyber hackers from an unknown origin hacked Sony’s computers and took lots of confidential emails, released the emails and confidential data and threatened to do even more damage if the movie was released. After getting Sony to release the movie and is widely viewed as a success for freedom of speech, Sony is trying to clean up its image and its security system.
Sony working on 12.9 inch tablet
However, DigiTimes reports that Sony does have another rumor out right now that the company is working on 12.9 inch tablet that will run on Android, due for release the first half of 2015. Pegatron, the developer of Microsoft Corporation’s Surface tablet, is also rumored to be working on Sony’s new tablet. Resolution wise, the new Android tablet sounds very impressive with 3840 x 2400 resolution, which is a 16:10 variant of 4K, a newer technology. This has pushed the estimated price tag for Sony’s tablet to start at least at $1,000 and could only go higher with various storage options, etc. The detailed rumor report also details that the Qualcomm, Inc. will be working on the processor and will be 8.9mm thick.
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It appears that we are beginning to phase out laptop computers, at least that is what the top tablet producers are trying to do by offering tablets that are capable of doing same activities that you can on a laptop, with the much preferred portability of tablet over laptop. That being said, these new “all in one” tablets that are meant to replace laptops are priced so high that they are limiting their customer base. Apple Inc. has not yet really created an “all in one” iPad yet (still waiting on a USB port….) and it doesn’t appear to be in the works, as of this moment. Microsoft Corporation is definitely one of the forerunners in the laptop killing tablet space, with the Surface tablets. While the tablets are impressive, the price tag once again becomes a big factor here and consumers are already weary of spending too much, as preliminary holiday retail sales data suggests that shoppers were much more frugal than anticipated this year.
Final prices and storage options
If Sony really is planning to build its rumored tablet, there definitely has to be some concessions or price cut to attract more customers. We still have not heard the final prices and storage options offered, but for $1,000, consumers are looking for value and limited storage space for a tablet priced at a grand is a death sentence for the Sony tablet. That being said, I do like that they are building a bigger tablet to sort of replicate the size of a laptop without the bulk and weight. Additionally, the rumored screen resolution sounds amazing, with 4K technology. However, these are still all rumors and we will have to wait and see if Sony has any plans moving forward, for a tablet.