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Sonys dualscreened S2 tablet might go headtohead with the Nintendo DS

first_imgSony inadvertently spilled its tablet ambitions last week with the leak of the Sony S1, a Honeycomb tablet boasting a curious wave line design. It looks like Sony doesn’t intend to leave things there, though, as the latest run of rumors now indicate the existence of the Sony S2, which won’t just compete with the iPad… it’ll compete with the Nintendo DS.According to sources speaking to Engadget, the Sony S2 will boast a pair of 5.5-inch displays sandwiched together into an oval cross-section hinged chassis. Hardware-rise, it’ll run NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 SoC, as well as boast the ubiquitous 3G and WiFi wireless connectivity. Software-wise, the S2 will run Honeycomb… but obviously a heavily modified version of Honeycomb. Double displays on an Android install indicate multitasking, and Sony’s engineers are working hard to make this happen, as well as modify existing Android apps to work with two displays (for example, in Gmail, the client might split the message list to one display and the preview to the other).It’s an intriguing possibility. If the Sony S2 was also PlayStation certified, like the S1 or Xperia Play, it would also allow Sony to go head-to-head with the Nintendo 3DS for the dual-screened gaming market. Sadly, though, Engadget’s sources claim Sony thinks the S2 is a “dog.” Execs are unhappy with the gadget’s performance as well as the distance between the displays and the $699 price. Considering the sort of ungainly products Sony will release, that bodes ill for the S2 ever seeing the light of day.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more