Sony’s Christmas in July

Sony news has been up and down of late (a lot more down than up). But that’s about to change after the company released its  Christmas product plans – and invited us see ‘em. Just off of London’s Bond Street, Sony’s Christmas in July laid bare the highlights of the company’s x-mas offering:

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3D Camcorders

Two 3D camcorders grace Sony’s Christmas line-up – one premium, one portable. The Handycam HDR-TD10 is the world’s first Full HD 3D camcorder. Using two lenses the camcorder captures two images that it automatically stitches together into one 3D video, ready for outputting onto a 3D screen. We saw it in action and the depth was definitely impressive!

The Bloggie 3D is a more portable 3D camera, with a NDS-style 3D screen for glasses-free 3D viewing. You can even attach a 360-degree lens to record everything happening around the camera – pretty mental, really.

Compact and Beautiful

The NEX-C3 builds on the success of its predecessor by being lighter and even more beautiful. There are various attachments, including a flashgun, and impressive macro and zoom lens. What really struck us, however, was how light it was – the body weighs just 225g and exudes quality. Like.

Projecting Camcorders

The HDR-PJ30 records video like a standard Handycam – but can project its videos up to 60” onto a wall for instant playback. It’s a nice touch.

Mystery Tablets

We got to see the S1 and S2 tablets – although playing with them was a no-no. Despite not seeing what they can do, the piano-black finish means they certainly look sweet. What this space for further updates.

New Docks

Three new iPod docks arrive this Christmas – with the RDP-X60iP being the stand-out contender. While the others – the RDP-M5iP and the M15ip are both impressively loud from a built-in battery pack – the X60iP is really impressively loud from the mains. The sound quality is great, too.

Sony’s tablet offerings: The S1 and S2

Does everyone remember that ground-breaking piece of Sony hardware? Here’s a clue: it was released over a decade ago and played computer games. Since then, Sony’s hardware has never reached those lofty heights. Can they recreate that success with the world’s newest, popular gadget, the tablet? Let’s look at their offerings.

Sony-tablets

The Tablets

The tablets are due this Autumn, so with many months ahead, anything can happen to the designs. What we know right now is that they’ll run Android 3.0, with WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatibility. They will also look to run content through Sony’s premium network services, such as music streaming on demand via Qriocity, or books through the Sony Reader Store and so on.

Sony Tablet S1

Aimed at rich media entertainment, the S1 has a 9.4-inch display. It’s been ergonomically designed to have an off-centre of gravity, making the device more stable and easier to hold.

Sony Tablet S2

Developed for mobile communication and entertainment, the S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded together for greater portability. The screens can work together as big display, or split into independent functions, such as playing a game on one screen, while showing control buttons on the other – it’s the Nintendo DS of tablets.

And…

Both devices will also work as remote controls for any Sony Bravia device, doing away with the need for multi-purpose remotes. The built-in DLNA functionality will also allow consumers to send content from the device onto compatible televisions or wireless speakers – a real winner, if Sony’s content network proves affordable.

One particular area of interest is gaming. The company may have peaked with the PS2, but they’re definitely one of the top three names when it comes to home consoles or mobile gaming. A release from Sony stated:

“Sony is introducing “Sony Tablet” to deliver an entertainment experience which integrates hardware with network services that deliver rich content.”

As a touch-screen Android system, we could see Xperia PLAY games available on the tablet – although integration with the much more powerful NGP might be a stretch. Maybe it could be used as a larger screen?

Watch this space.