) is developing a fresh device to compete with Microsoft's (NASDAQ:
) highly anticipated tablet.
Currently referred to as the Xperia Sony Tablet, the device will
reportedly be thinner, lighter and more powerful than its
predecessor. While these updates are common for tablet upgrades,
reports that the new device will also include a Tegra 3 Processor
from NVIDIA (NASDAQ:
), support Android 4.0 or a more recent iteration, come with a wide
arrange of storage options (16GB, 32GB, or 64GB), contain 3G
connectivity and offer 10 hours of Wi-Fi battery life.
Pricing for the new tablet has not been confirmed, but Sony
reportedly plans to undercut Apple's (NASDAQ:
) iPad by $50, selling the 16GB model for $449.99, the 32GB model
for $549.99 and the 64GB model for $649.99. This is an interesting
strategy considering we do not yet know how much Microsoft's
tablet, Surface, will cost.
Sony intends to compete head-on with Microsoft as well as Apple.
According to The Verge, Sony is preparing a special cover that
doubles as a keyboard for the Xperia tablet. The cover could retail
for as much $100, though Sony is apparently planning to release two
cheaper covers that will not include a keyboard.
Whether or not the keyboard cover will feature buttons or a
flat, touch screen setup is unknown. In any case, Sony will have a
difficult time avoiding comparisons to Microsoft's first
Unveiled in June, Surface is a Windows 8 tablet that will launch
with two different keyboard covers; one that is flat and senses
touch, and another that features actual buttons. The device, which
will reportedly be released on October 26, has received a
ton of buzz
since its mid-June reveal. Microsoft has yet to announce the price
of the new tablet, but analysts expect it to cost .
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently said that he expects
Surface to sell in the next year. That is a far cry from the that
Apple is expected to sell in 2012.
Google (NASDAQ: ) has not revealed specific sales figures for
its , the Nexus 7. Much like the iPad, the Nexus 7 was faced with
shortages when it was first released. However, those shortages
Amazon (NASDAQ: ), which released the seven-inch Kindle Fire in
November 2011, is reportedly developing that will be released
before the end of the year.
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