Sony’s Personal Content Station is a box with a 1 terabyte hard drive, a bunch of ports, wireless capabilities, and the ability to backup and store all the media from your phone or tablet. You can also use it to display that content on a TV or upload photos or videos to social networks.
The Personal Content Station is expected to go on sale this summer in Europe, and could come to the US for about $299 after that. It passed through the FCC recently, which suggests that Sony’s gearing up for a US launch.
You can use the Sony Personal Content Station to backup photos, video, or other content from a phone or tablet running Android 2.3 or later, or an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 6.0 and up.
It can also backup media from cameras and other devices.
If you have an NFC-capable device, you can just tap your mobile device to the content station to start a backup. If you’re using a device with WiFi, you can use that to start a wireless transfer instead. Or you can plug in a USB cable to backup data from select devices or pop a SD card or Sony memory stick in the memory card reader to transfer data.
Once your media is on the Personal Content Station, you can hook up a TV using HDMI or DLNA in order to watch videos or view photos on a big screen.
You can also stream content from the device back to your phone or tablet over a wireless connection, treating it like a large external hard drive for your mobile device. And when you’re viewing photos or other media on your mobile device you can upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks with a tap.
The Personal Content Station features 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, has a USB 2.0 port, and supports a range of video and photo formats including JPEG, MPO, RAW, AVCHD, MP4, MOV, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 SD, and 3GPP.
It measures 6.8″ x 6.8″ x 1.3″ and weighs about 1.1 pounds.