Tablets aplenty in April, Sony Honeycomb slate coming end summer

Darren Allan

April 5, 2011

Don’t think there are enough tablets coming out this year? There are enough coming out this month, to be quite honest.

Yesterday, we had the announcement that the launch of the Acer Iconia Tab A100 7 inch Android slate had been brought forward from May to April 20th. This more budget-minded affair will cost £300, matching the price the original Samsung Galaxy Tab has been dropped to.

Acer also has the W500, a 10 inch Windows slate, which is apparently due tomorrow. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is also due, although not tomorrow as we initially reported. The latter has now been dated April 18th by Amazon.

And of course there’s the Motorola Xoom, which starts shipping at the end of this week, according to PC World.

Naturally, there are a ton more tablets on the go after this month too, with the PlayBook, new models from Samsung, slates from LG and HTC, and so on… but now it seems Sony has confirmed it will be jumping on the bandwagon.

According to an article on Bloomberg, Sony will be releasing an Android Honeycomb powered tablet before the end of the summer. Its source is the Nikkei newspaper, which cites CEO Howard Stringer.

However, the tablet won’t be out here at the end of summer – it’s planned to launch in the US first, so we’re probably looking at autumn.

The real question is, will this be a gaming focused tablet? Sony Ericsson has just launched the Xperia Play, its attempt at a gaming handheld and phone hybrid.


Comments in chronological order (2 comments)

  1. Moth says:

    It’s quite exciting and good for consumers that there will be so much competition in tablet market. It’s also good to see Android, which is a solid operating system making headway; it’s already holding a third of the share of smartphones in the US.

  2. ian says:

    £300 for a 7″ acer (sometime soon)… Just got an iPad 1 for £280 from the apple store on clearance.

    Acer may be producing a budget tablet, but that’s not a budget price.

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