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Sony Mulling Plans For Apple iPad Tablet Rival?

Sony may be planning to launch a tablet PC to compete with Apple's exceedingly popular iPad device although the Japanese manufacturer is still not YET sure that there's is a market for it.

Sony's Senior VP of IT Products Mike Abary (opens in new tab) told Bloomberg that they have been exploring the format for some years because it creates some interesting opportunities.

He didn't reveal whether the company will indeed announce a bigger brother to its Sony reader tablet which apparently is the Sony's fastest growing gadget in terms of units without actually giving real figures.

Apple has sold much more than one million iPad tablets since it went on sale more than one month ago and it is so hot that it has been consistently been out of stock not only in the US but also in the UK.

Many other manufacturers including the likes of Acer, Asus, MSI and Dell have already confirmed that they will be launching a tablet PC, some based on the ARMdroid platform, some others, like HP's now cancelled Slate, on WinTel.

Apple is now the new third millennium Sony as it is the one which has been setting trends rather than following them.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.