BERLIN--The biggest news from Sony was the arrival of the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. Here, Kazuo Hirai, president of Sony's consumer products and services group, shows them off. The $499 Tablet P folds in two with a dual-screen clamshell design, and the $599 Tablet S has an asymmetric design to try to give it a natural upright feel.
The Sony Tablet S is thicker at the top when held in a landscape orientation, and its screen is designed to be read easily at an angle when it's laid on a flat surface. The asymmetry is more noticeable when moving the tablet from one hand to the other in portrait orientation.
Sony showed an Android-powered Walkman prototype that brings many music-specific features. One of them is this W.Music app, shown here with a scattering of albums that will play when tapped. Swipe gestures bring new albums into view. The device also has a dedicated button to activate music controls.
Sony showed off a range of laptops at IFA, including the new Vaio SE 15-inch model. Sony has a thing for bright colors, too, though; at the front here is the Vaio VPCCA2S1E with a backlit keyboard, higher-end graphics, and a high-contrast display.
Sony Ericsson's stable of Android phones grew by one with the debut of the Xperia Arc S at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. The quad-band smartphone has an 8.1-megapixel camera with an Exmor R image sensor, 2D and 3D sweep panorama technology, and a 4.2-inch, 854x480-pixel display.