Rumor: Sony developing a PlayStation tablet dubbed the S1

Sony S1The Xperia Play hasn’t even officially launched, and we’re already hearing that Sony is ready to take on the tablet market. “Two highly trusted and independent” Engadget sources have come forward with a simple rendering and a wealth of information about a forthcoming PlayStation tablet.

The internally codenamed S1 will measure 9.4-inches and run a Sony-customized version of Honeycomb. Worried about Sony developers messing too much with the OS? According to the sources, “Sony’s work is cutting edge stuff created by a talented engineering team,” comprised of members from its Vaio, Reader, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson departments. Think those are some lofty claims? How about this: “Sony’s custom-built transitions and UI elements have created a user experience that rivals and at times improves upon the iPad’s renowned experience.”

It was initially unclear how much PlayStation functionality would be integrated into the tablet, but it’s been confirmed that the device will be PlayStation Certified and will be focused on gaming and include PS One games. Of course, it will also come equipped with Qriocity for other content. The S1 will likely opt for Vaio branding, furthering the fact that it’s not an exclusively PlayStation device.

One look at the mockup sketch should also get you wondering what’s with the curved hardware. Apparently it’s supposed to be reminiscent of an open book or folded magazine – which seems strange if it’s a game-centric device. Still, it’s a pretty sleek design so we’re willing to forgive any inconsistency. The angle is supposed to improve user interaction with the tablet when it’s on a flat surface as well as single-handed grip.

So what’s inside? Take a look at the reported specs:

  • Tegra 2 processor
  • 9.4-inch touch display; 1,280 x 800 resolution
  • Rear and front-facing cameras
  • USB-A port
  • Built-in IR port
  • Android 3.0

It will be a relatively button-free tablet, with nothing but volume controls on the sides and possibly a designated Qriocity button. The material is uncertain at the moment, but it will sport a high-gloss black finish on the front panel and a grip-friendly texture on the back.

The Wi-Fi-only S1 may cost $599 and ship in September. And if this isn’t enough to satiate your thirst, Engadget is teasing us with word of another Sony tablet. It apparently knows more about a patent Sony filed last year regarding a dual-screen, tablet-notebook hybrid, which could also finally be making its way from rumor to reality.

Mobile

Critical Bluetooth security bug discovered. Protect yourself with a quick update

Researchers have discovered a major new security flaw in Bluetooth, which could leave millions of devices at risk of a malicious hack. The attack allows a hacker to “break” Bluetooth security without anyone knowing.
Mobile

Motorola One Action says goodbye to annoying vertical videos

The new midrange Motorola One Action features an ultra-wide-angle lens that means you can take horizontal video while filming vertically. Here's everything you need to know about the Motorola One Action.
Computing

A dead pixel doesn't mean a dead display. Here's how to repair it

Dead pixel got you down? We don't blame you. Check out our guide on how to fix a dead pixel and save yourself that costly screen replacement or an unwanted trip to your local repair shop.
Deals

Score this Amazon-renewed Apple iPhone XS at a $350 discount

iPhones are pretty expensive pieces of technology, but if you don’t mind buying a renewed model, you can save quite a bit of money. Amazon is offering renewed unlocked versions of the Apple iPhone XS at a $350 discount.
Deals

Best smartwatch deals for August 2019: Samsung, Fitbit, and Apple Watch sales

Smartwatches make life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. If you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, here are the best smartwatch deals for August 2019.
Mobile

Learn how to make your iPhone play local radio in iOS 13

Find out exactly how to use the Live Radio in iOS 13: Our guide will explain how iOS 13 connects to live radio, what commands to give, and how to revisit past stations. Enjoy your favorite live radio right from your iPhone.
Mobile

These fraudulent Android apps were downloaded 8 million times

According to a new report from security research firm Trend Micro, a hefty 85 Android apps have been caught serving fraudulent ads that take over the user's screen -- and those apps have been downloaded 8 million times.
Deals

Looking for a good cheap phone? Get the Samsung Galaxy A10 for $145 on Amazon

Samsung's A-Series lineup features phone models from the low-end to the mid-tier. One of its cheaper ones, the Galaxy A10, is perhaps watered-down specs-wise but still boasts enough workable features that make it recommendable.
Deals

Score this Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with a huge $101 discount at Amazon

If you're thinking about upgrading your phone and not willing to expend over $800 on the S10, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a great option. It's discounted by $101 at Amazon, dropping its price from $700 to only $599.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.
Deals

Grab the terrific Samsung Galaxy A50 phone for $126 less on Amazon

Samsung is mostly known for its premium Galaxy S and Note Series phones, but it also manufactures cheaper phones through the A-Series. An example is the Samsung Galaxy A50 which not only looks great but also boasts a lot of features.
Mobile

Best alternatives to Google’s preinstalled Android apps

Want to get away from Google's preinstalled Android apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Maps? These are the best alternatives to the apps that come with your phone, which are pretty great, but not for everybody.
Computing

Sending SMS messages from your PC is easier than you might think

Texting is a fact of life, but what do you do when you're in the middle of something on your laptop or just don't have your phone handy? Here's how to send a text message from a computer, whether via an email client or Windows 10.
Mobile

Looking for love or just some fun? Cozy up with the best dating apps of 2019

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.