Sony reveals new gadgets

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Sony reveals a Windows 8 hybrid tablet, a next-gen Xperia smartphone, and an 84-inch 4K TV

Today at the 2012 IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Sony pulled the curtain back on what it has cooking in the world of personal technology. From a massive 4K TV to personal 3D headsets, the company seems to have a lot up its sleeve for the coming year, so let's break it down.

Vaio Duo Slider

Sony is already well-known for its innovative designs — the Tablet S and Tablet P are great examples. That trend continues with the Vaio Duo 11, an Ultrabook with a sliding design that makes it at once a notebook and a tablet. Running Windows 8, the Slider can be used with just your fingers, or you can choose to slide the screen up at an angle, revealing a full qwerty keyboard for composing longer form text. The Slider comes equipped with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, 1080p widescreen display, and your choice of Intel i3, i5, or i7 processors. No price has yet been revealed.

Xperia Tablet S

Utilizing the same design cues that made the original Tablet S such a pleasure to play with, the Xperia Tablet S is definitely the most capable Android tablet ever to come out of Sony's walls. With a large, 9.4-inch display, aluminum body, and splash-proof design, the new S should be a worthy competitor to the iPad, especially for fans of the company's previous tablets. The new slate will come equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich installed, and its 3-cord Tegra 3 processor should make using apps and other tablet tasks a smooth and enjoyable experience.

HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer

Sure, massive HDTV screens are all the rage these days, but what if you want a more up-close-and-personal viewing experience? Sony's new Personal 3D Viewer may be just what you're looking for. The futuristic headset lets you watch 2D or 3D content — including movies and video games — on high-resolution OLED displays, along with built-in 5.1 virtual surround sound. To combat the eye fatigue that can often be a problem with viewing screens so closely, the device automatically adjusts its color output to be easy on your peepers.

84-inch Sony Bravia 4K TV

How many 4K TVs are out there readily available for sale right now? We bet you can't name more than the your fingers in one hand. Sony just announced a new addition to the very short list of 4K TVs on the market: the 84-inch Bravia KD-84X9005. It boasts a 3,840 by 2,160 pixel resolution — four times the resolution of high-definition (HD) displays — and comes with a technology that makes upscaled HD content fit for 4K viewing.

Vaio Tap 20 table-top PC

Aside from a new laptop-tablet hybrid called Vaio Duo 11 (that's turning out to be a common design for Windows 8 tablets), Sony also updated its Vaio line with the Tap 20 table-top PC. Tap 20 is literally a humongous Windows 8 multi-touch tablet with a screen that measures 20 inches. Unfortunately, the model shown at Berlin has a screen resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, which is disappointingly low. But we hope it undergoes further tweaks because there's nothing quite like playing Angry Birds on a 20-inch screen.

Sony Xperia TX

Meet the company's newest smartphone flagship that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device has a large 4.6-inch screen that boasts a 720p HD resolution, NFC functionality for mobile payments, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. No word on price or availability yet, but this phone probably won't come cheap.
 

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Sony, Visio all these guys want a piece of the pie. I like that cool like Vizio PC setup they have been running ads for on TV. That looks pretty cool. Its an all in one that look real cool like the iMac.

Competition is a good thing! I generally like Sony products!
 

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Sony, Visio all these guys want a piece of the pie. I like that cool like Vizio PC setup they have been running ads for on TV. That looks pretty cool. Its an all in one that look real cool like the iMac.

Competition is a good thing! I generally like Sony products!

Sony was once the gold standard of electronics, sort of in the Reagan-Clinton years. I mean, the Walkman was the SHIZZLE.

Now...meh.
 

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Sony was once the gold standard of electronics, sort of in the Reagan-Clinton years. I mean, the Walkman was the SHIZZLE.

Now...meh.

I didn't know they were married. That's a very chic last name. The hyphenation works great :)

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S III via Tapatalk :)
 

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The Walkman II was shockingly great. It sounded so much better than anything else, and it was so tiny and brilliant. The D-50 (Discman) was another amazing bit of tech. The Playstation destroyed the competition; no other game system could come close to it.

But then they lost sight of who they really were. For decades they had been cutting edge technology at prices anyone could afford. The tech started slipping and the prices climbed. They diversified into films and music and got fat. They sold me a piece of crap PC, ruined my favorite video game and hid rootkits on their CDs. F Sony. The future has passed them by.
 

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The Walkman II was shockingly great. It sounded so much better than anything else, and it was so tiny and brilliant. The D-50 (Discman) was another amazing bit of tech. The Playstation destroyed the competition; no other game system could come close to it.

But then they lost sight of who they really were. For decades they had been cutting edge technology at prices anyone could afford. The tech started slipping and the prices climbed. They diversified into films and music and got fat. They sold me a piece of crap PC, ruined my favorite video game and hid rootkits on their CDs. F Sony. The future has passed them by.

That's kind of how I feel.

Also, the Betamax was much better than VHS, but Sony got all Apple with it, and that's why for years Beta was about 1 percent of the VCR market and why Apple is such a small part of the personal computer (I hesitate to say PC after those commercials) market.
 

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I'll still give a Sony TV high marks for quality and reliability. Ditto for a desk or laptop. Each major company picks their areas to excel sinks R&D money into that segment and rides the sales numbers to applicable S&P 500 earning, gains and dividends.

The world wide market is to broad for a few companies to dominate for more than a few years at a time.
 

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I'll still give a Sony TV high marks for quality and reliability. Ditto for a desk or laptop. Each major company picks their areas to excel sinks R&D money into that segment and rides the sales numbers to applicable S&P 500 earning, gains and dividends.

The world wide market is to broad for a few companies to dominate for more than a few years at a time.

When they find a profit center, it's hard for a lot of companies to risk a known money maker to try focusing on innovation. Not many do. It's usually just attempts to build on what they already have.
 

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The problem with Sony is that they refused to change.

They were the giant.

5 years ago they average person would say "sony" when you asked "who makes the best tv?"

Now that same person will say "Samsung."

While once a giant, now they are a dinosaur.

It is only natural. Most of the companies we all love today were non existant 15 years ago. 15 years from now they too will be afterthoughts. Remember Netscape? Remeber AOL? We laugh now but todays Google is tomorrows My Space.

The wheel will always spin.
 

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Sony wants to be Apple so bad they can't stand it.

They have the technology and the R&D to pull it off, but, no vision, and NO understanding of how to develop a marketplace AFTER you sold something.