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Tuesday, 18th May 2010
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Sony 'may be planning iPad rival'

Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony could be planning to create a device similar to the Apple iPad, it has been revealed.

Speaking to Bloomburg, senior vice president of information technology products at Sony Mike Abary said that the firm has been "taking a deep look" at coming up with a similar tablet product for some years.

He said that the research is fuelled by the "interesting opportunities" it could give, rather than just copying Apple.

However, he said that as yet, the Japanese company is not convinced of the mass appeal of devices such as the iPad.

"The iPad has created a new opportunity. Now we can get a good judgment as to whether the market is truly accepting of it," he noted.

The iPad from Apple is a touch screen computer tablet which has excited techies around the world. It was recently announced that on its release in Japan, the device will be sim locked to one network Softbank Mobile, an Apple partner in Asia.

Written by Mark Smith.

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