updated 02:20 pm EST, Tue December 21, 2010
Sony VAIO tablet surfaces at FCC
Sony's hints of tablet plans were validated today with an FCC filing. The slates would all fall into the business-focused VAIO PC group and would include multiple models, all with some variant of the PCG-31xxxL model number. Most of their details aren't known, but the VAIO name implied they would use Windows 7.
The tablets aren't due to have full photos and other details revealed until January 20, hinting strongly that Sony's CES presentation on January 5 will introduce the tablets. Microsoft has planned a second attempt at pushing tablets at its own keynote that day that will try to focus more on business users and less on direct iPad competition, likely feeding into Sony's own plans. Rumors circulating around the Las Vegas events have made Dell and Samsung the centerpieces of Microsoft's discussion.
Sony is one of the last major PC makers to express an interest in modern tablets and is known to have designed what's now the VAIO tablet only as a reaction to the iPad. As recently as May, it was insisting on a wait-and-see approach and had acknolwedged it had ignored the idea for years until Apple entered the category. [via Engadget]