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New Sony Tablet Doubles As TV Remote

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Sony's first attempt at competing in the competitive tablet market has a unique feature that enables it to double as a TV remote. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

It's doubtful many people would pay a few hundred dollars for a TV remote, but Sony is hoping that at the very least, those looking to shell out that much for a new tablet may want one that doubles as a super-powered remote for the TV in your living room.

Of course, Sony's just-announced Xperia Tablet Z is more than that. Sony bills it as the thinnest 10-inch tablet on the market, with what developers say is a screen that displays more colorful colors than what you'll find on most other tablets.

"It's a high-definition screen, so it's 1920 by 1200," says Ty Takayanagi of Sony Electronics. "But we also support a wider color gamut, and what that means is, when you're looking at a picture, the colors come out more vividly and more naturally."

Now, back to the TV remote stuff. As Sony tries to break into an extremely competitive market, it has included in the tablet something you might not expect to find on a tablet: an infrared port, the same kind that's on your traditional TV remote. It works in tandem with a Sony-developed app called TV Sideview.

"What it is, it's a visual television guide," Takayanagi says. "So it'll show you visually what's showing on TV as we speak now. And if you want to learn a little more about the program, all you have to do is tap on these programs, and it'll give you additional information about the cast and crew so you can find out more about the actors and actresses. There's another capability, which is called the voice search, and you can basically talk to the tablet and say "look for Spider-Man-related content" and it'll look up content through the internet, as well as through the television guide."

You then just flick the show up off the tablet, and it appears on your screen. And because it's infrared, it does not have to be a Sony TV to work.

The Android-powered Xperia Tablet Z is due out end of May. It will cost around $500 for 16GB version and around $600 for the 32GB version.

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