Sony is jumping into the tablet game with the announcement of two Android tablets running 3.0 Honeycomb. While neither the S1 or the S2, their current codenames, have had prices announced as of yet, they are due for release this fall. Any of the details are capable of being changed at any time, and with this early of an announcement, that seems inevitable.
Both tablets will feature Wi-Fi and 3G/4G support, but no carriers have announced as of yet. “‘Sony Tablet’ delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, Corporate Executive, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group.
Sony S1 Tablet
The Sony S1 tablet is said to feature an off-center gravity design to make it easier to grip and increase its stability, and will feature a 9.4-inch screen. While there is no mention of what other features the S1 will have from a physical perspective, seeing as a front facing camera is clearly visible in the publicity photos, it’s probably safe to say that will be included.
The S1 can also be used as a remote for any Sony Bravia products, and thanks to DLNA technology, you can easily stream the content such as video to a TV or music to speakers.
Sony S2 Tablet
The Sony S2 tablet features two 5.5-inch displays in a clamshell design that closes up for easy carrying in a purse, suitcase or pocket. Like the Kyocera Echo, you can use the two screens to be doing different things at once, or you can use them in concert with one another. (click the image for a much larger view)
Neither tablet is due until the fall, and Sony is saying that more products that will work with them will be announced by then so that you’ll know what’s compatible with them from the day you make your purchase.
It’s not too surprising that Sony is entering the tablet game, but the S2 almost seems doomed before it even launches. The Echo has been laughed at universally, and while two screens have become accepted in gaming, it seems like a concept that will probably never work out in a product such as tablets where you want to surf the Web. Although it is interesting to note that several months ago a drawing similar to the S2 leaked around the Web as a design for a PlayStation related product, so its interesting to see that the design was indeed real, it was just the wrong product.
There is sure to be more announced on these as their release draws near, but is there anything making you interested in either of these as of yet?