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CES: Sony talks about handsets, tablets and 4K

Extends range of home entertainment devices
Tue Jan 10 2012, 03:32

JAPANESE HARDWARE MAKER Sony kicked off its presence at CES in grand fashion, unveiling a wide range of devices including tablets, handsets and TVs.

Sony president and CEO Howard Stringer along with Kaz Hirai and COO Phil Molynaux presented the company's new and upcoming offerings for the consumer mobility and home entertainment markets.

The company used the show to push its the dual-screen Tablet P. The foldable tablet sports a pair of screens that can be used as a single display or split to function as separate screens and touch controllers. It is offered as a more easily portable alternative to the company's Tablet S Android model.

"Tablet S has been incredibly well-received, and now we're adding Tablet P," said Molynaux. "It drops easily into a jacket pocket or purse."

Additionally, the company released more information on its Vita portable gaming device. It will launch in the US on 22 February and will support the Sony Entertainment Network, Netflix and the company's new Music Unlimited Network.

"Vita users will have all their games, TV episodes and videos at their fingertips whenever they want," Hirai noted.

Hirai, who has been named as a possible successor to Stringer as Sony president, also announced a new Sony handset. The Android powered Xperia Ion will be among the first devices from the newly-minted Sony Mobility Communications brand. The LTE handset will be offered initially in the US with mobile carrier AT&T.

Molynaux announced a refresh to the company's Network TV line. The web-connected TV devices will sport a new touchscreen controller device and will also integrate with Android tablets and handsets.

In the media player space, Sony will continue its Walkman brand. The Walkman Z series devices will run Android and will offer support for streaming media files as well as HDMI and DLNA video output connectivity.

As with many vendors exhibiting at CES, Sony has made TV development a top priority. The company said it will be expanding its 3D offerings with a new set of active 3D titanium glasses. Additionally, the company unveiled X-Reality Pro, a system that improves the quality of compressed web video on TV sets.

Sony also highlighted its efforts for the home theatre market with the addition of a 4K enabled home projector. The company said that it eventually hopes to integrate the ultra-high density video technology into its home TV lines. µ


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