Below are a few highlights from the company’s yearly display of current and future products, which took place Tuesday, July 26, in New York City:
• Sony’s S1 and S2 Android-based tablet computers were on view, in a form factor unchanged from two weeks ago when Sony demo’ed the models for the press (see Dealerscope’s sneak preview of Sony's Android Tablets). Pricing is to be announced and the tablets are shipping in the fall.
• The 65-inch Bravia 3D LCD model 65HX929 ($6,000), due in late summer, will be the largest Sony screen size to feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Rob Manfredo, senior PR specialist, corporate communications, said. It is more durable than a conventional LCD screen, and is glare-resistant, he said. He added that it offers a striking design element on a showroom floor when the set is turned off, saying that the glass, combined with Sony’s OptiContrast panel just behind the screen, provides for higher contrast and better clarity in variable lighting conditions.
• The first laptop computer in the new VAIO Z series was shown. The company is accepting pre-orders on the machine, which will ship at the end of the summer. It has an included external optical drive, making it the world’s lightest 13.1-inch laptop at just 2 1/2 pounds (prices start at $1,970).
• A new 3.3-inch OLED-screen-equipped digital camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 ($379; September availability), which is much smaller and lighter than comparably equipped models, was shown. It carries a 16.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor for enhanced low-light performance, and can simultaneously record still and moving images (the latter, in full 1080p). It can also photograph in 3D in both still image and 3D Sweep Panorama modes.
• In audio, the SAN-S400 HomeShare network speaker ($300) wirelessly allows listening of the user’s content library in any room of the house. A remote app can control multiple speakers independently or sync’ed via a PartyStream setting. Its companion piece is the HomeShare iPod/iPhone speaker dock (NAS-SV20i; $200).