Sony in May:
Sony is “not convinced there is a large enough market to justify bringing out a tablet,”
Sony would say No to Walkman today
Sony in September:
Sony Corp., said yesterday it hasn’t decided yet whether to offer its own tablet computer. It needs to be a “very appealing product that is going to be widely accepted, as opposed to a me-too product,” said Kazuo Hirai, president of Tokyo-based Sony’s Networked Products & Services Group.
Hirai said 23 companies are planning to bring tablet computers to market, making a price war inevitable.
I’d bet that Sony will soon join the stampede to make iPad knockoffs. They probably did not read today’s Appleinsider piece on Apple’s plans to increase iPad production to 3 million units per month.