Sony's baked Apple: New gaming smart phone and iPad challenger said to be in the works

The hottest tech development of the year has been Apple's disclosure of its iPad, a tablet computer set to debut in just a few weeks.
But consumer electronics giant Sony is reportedly aiming to outdo Apple.
Sony has two competing devices in development that will be ready to go sometime this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
One Sony device in the works is said to be a new smart phone that can play PlayStation games. Sony already produces smart phones under the Sony Ericsson name, but none that offer gaming capability.
The second device could go even futher to blur the lines between function. It will reportedly be a tablet that combines elements of an e-reader, netbook and Sony's existing portable gaming device.
Sony is believed to be working with Ericsson on the device. The companies have a long history of developing handsets together, and recently launched the Xperia X10 smart phone, which is built with the Android OS.
Sony did not comment on the leak about new products.
The two gadgets would work with a new Sony platform slated to launch this month designed to rival Apple's iTunes.
Sony, which also makes TVs, laptops, e-readers, cameras and its PlayStation gaming systems, may leverage its power in the video game space to help compete against the iPad.
Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch have already made inroads into the gaming market, where they compete for customers alongside Sony's PlayStation Portable.
Reports indicated that the upcoming Sony Online Service will offer a broad catalogue of games, including older issues originally designed for Sony's PlayStation, in addition to more standard music and television fare.


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