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Sony Android tablet due this summer - report

Stringer confirms new hardware, with US launch planned first

Sony is to release a new tablet using the Android operating system before the end of the summer, according to comments made by CEO Howard Stringer.

Although no further details were provided, a Bloomberg report references a Nikkei newspaper story in which Stringer apparently confirms that the new hardware will use the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb software.

The new tablet will be released in North America first, although no official information on pricing or market positioning have yet been hinted at.

Sony has been rumoured to be working on its own PlayStation-branded tablet for some time, although it is unclear if this is the same project.

Earlier rumours of the "S1" tablet suggested a September launch and the use of both Honeycomb and the PlayStation Suite. The leaked designs are described as looking like a folded magazine, with a screen resolution of 1280x800 pixels and an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.

Website Engadget, which broke the original S1 story, also has leaked information on a "S2" clamshell design with a similar hardware specification.

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David Jenkins