Both Sony's Google TV and Its Controller Will Be Big
The first concrete details about Sony's Google TV have leaked out, and they include some big screens and a remote control that seems even bigger.
According to a Sony Insider leak, Sony will be making Google TVs ranging from relatively small to respectably large. The TVs will come in 24-, 32-, 40- and 46-inch screen sizes, the largest of which may not be big enough for a home theater but still more than enough for the average living room.
The prices seem rather high though: $1300 for the 32-inch, $1500 for the 40-inch and $1900 for the 46-inch (no price was given for the 24-inch set).
The Sony Google TVs will be different from the other Google TV technology close to launch: the Logitech Revue . The Revue is a separate set-top box that can be hooked-up to a TV, whereas the Sony version is built-in to the TV and requires users to purchase a completely new TV.
The pros and cons are fairly obvious; the Sony TV is expensive, even more than Sony's other high-end models, but you also don't have to deal with another box to connect. On the other hand, with the same amount of money, you could still buy a nice regular Sony TV of the same size and the Logitech Revue.
Perhaps the strangest thing about the Sony Google TV will be its remote control. According to footage of a Sony commercial for the Google TV, the controller will be at least twice as large as the average remote, with a full QWERTY keyboard and two directional pads. It makes a bit of sense given all the additional functionality an Internet-connected TV brings, but it will also look pretty daunting and cumbersome to the average TV user.
Sony is expected to fully unveil the TV and its controller at a press even planned for October 12.