Sony has announced that the first place their new tablet, the Xperia Tablet 2, will be available is Japan. This is fresh off the reports of the Nexus 7 tablet outselling the iPad mini and iPad in Japanese retail stores, and many experts think that this is a sign that Sony is looking to take some of the market away from Apple as well.
Sony has reported losses in every fiscal year for four years running, and they are in serious need of a hero product that will return them to the prominent spot in electronic entertainment and devices that they held not so long ago. The Xeperia Tablet 2 could be that for them, and Sony’s targeting of Japan as the first market shows that they want the best possible start for their new device.
Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has said that he believes mobile devices will be the saving grace of Sony, and goes n to say that Sony has made this market their prime target for expansion.
Sony was the last of the top ten laptop producers to make a tablet, as they finally came around and made their first tablet in 2011. Since then, they have not made much in the way of innovative features or hardware, instead relying on there’s to break the ground and then duplicating. The new Xperia Tablet 2, however, may very well be a different story.
Early reports suggest that the tablet is a slim 6.9 mm think and weighs 495 grams. This is very small and light, for those that don’t know the metric system. The display is a spacious 10.1 inches multitouch screen, and the entire device is waterproof. This device may be released as early as March, although this date is for Japan only. The rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer for the Xperia Tablet 2, and wait a bit longer than that to see if it will rescue Sony from their losses.