Sony Officially Announces Two New Tablets: The S1 and S2

Sony has finally announced the released of the S1 and S2 tablets at the company’s press event in Tokyo. This pair of Android-powered tablets will run on Android Honeycomb 3.0, an OS designed by Google specifically for tablets. 

The S1 is a rather large 9.4-inch media (consumer) tablet with front and rear facing cameras and a curved wrap design that is thick on one side and tapers. The S1 will pack a Tegra 2 processor and what Sony described as a “Quick and Smooth” touch UI with a “Swift” browser. It can also be used as a remote control for Sony gear and devices thanks to integrated infrared.

It will also feature Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming music service, tortuously entitled “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.”

It’s counterpart, the S2, is a shell-shaped device that opens and closes with dual 5.5-inch displays. Both screens are 1,024 x 480 pixels, and dual cameras. It will come with a custom book-style UI layout for its e-reader app, a split keyboard and messaging displays for punching out messages and emails, and a split display and game controllers for gaming. Both the S1 and S2 are “PlayStation Certified”, support DLNA, and are WiFi and 3G/4G compatible.

While Sony hasn’t announced any prices or release dates for the tablets, Engadget is reporting that Sony is considering a $599 MSRP on the S1 while the S2 would likely come in at $699.

Sony did say that the two devices may not debut in a simultaneous global launch, and instead launch at different times in different markets.

Via: The WSJ