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Sony Killed 3 Tablet Designs Before Arriving at Final Tablet S Model

Prior to landing his role as CEO of Sony, Kaz Hirai had been instrumental in helping to shape Sony’s tablet efforts. As Sony is organizational operated as independent divisions, it is said that the company had four different divisions develop four unique tablets simultaneously. The User Experience Group had ultimately in the end scrapped three of the four tablet models and chosen to go with the Tablet S, a 9.4-inch Playstation certified tablet.

Under Hirai, Sony will hopefully change its organization structure so that organizations will begin cooperating than competing. In the past, the home theater and Walkman divisions could not launch their own digital media store fronts because those units could not get agreements from Sony’s own music and media groups.

Sony has been working to integrate its expertise as of late. Many of the company’s recent smartphones contain technologies from other groups. The flagship XPERIA S, for example, utilizes imaging sensors from Sony’s camera group and has the Bravia display engine from the company’s home entertainment division.

The Wall Street Journal article did not detail how the company came to developing the Tablet P, which is a dual-screen tablet model.

Via: Electronista

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One Comment

  1. Lopez Research

    02/08/2012 at 1:29 pm

    Sony’s decision to kill these three models before finalizing a fourth was probably in their best interest. Aside from the Ipad, tablets weren’t doing so well at first. They weren’t developed well enough to really be considered a valid competitor. Now that more and more tablets are coming out, companies understand their value and realize that the mobile device market has become highly competitive and they need to do their best to both keep up and possibly even remain one step ahead. This was the right move on their part. Thanks for posting this!

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