Rumour: Sony to stick PlayStation in a tablet

Looking at the long list of tech outfits desperately struggling to hitch a ride on the Apple iPad's coat-tails, you may have noticed one highly conspicuous absence.

Among the dozens if not hundreds of HPs and Motorolas and Dells currently in various stages of development and production, Sony has been keeping uncharacteristically quiet about its tablet intentions... until today.

Engadget is reporting that the Japanese electronics giant, perhaps best known for its gaming consoles and premium Vaio laptops, is combining its dual strengths into yet another Android Honeycomb-powered tablet.

Currently codenamed the S1, the device will rely heavily on Sony's recently launched Qriosity (pronounced 'curiosity' for the befuddled among us) media delivery platform.

The big news for Sony gaming fans, however, is that the device will be 'PlayStation Certified' which the report says will make it 'a full-blown media and gaming tablet'.

Rather than doing what every other wannabe tablet-maker has done - which we can only suppose is to give its engineers an iPad an say, 'copy that' - Sony has apparently taken a new direction. Engadget's back-of-a-fag-packet 'illustration' suggests the device will have one bulbous edge which is supposed to make it easier to grip with one hand.

The gadget site, which purports to have actually seen the hardware in question, reckons it is powered by a Tegra 2 processor, has a 9.4-inch touch panel with 1280 x 800 resolution, dual cameras and a single USB port.

Due to ship in September, word has it that the base model will cost $600, a hefty $100 above Apple's cheapest offering.