Sony’s first Android-powered tablets are finally available to pre-order in the U.K. Dixons is the first retailer to offer the Tablet S, advertising a September 16 release date and a £399 (approx.$642) price tag which exactly matches that of the iPad. The Tablet P is available to pre-order direct from Sony and is priced at £499 (approx. $803).

Just like the iPad, the Tablet S boasts 16GB of internal storage, but has a slightly smaller 9.4-inch display. That £399 price tag is for the Wi-Fi only version, but for an extra £100 (approx. $161), you can get the 3G-capable model. As far as its other internals go, Sony’s first tablet gives the iPad some stiff competition:

Sony Tablet S Specs

  • Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • 9.4-inch display (1280 × 800)
  • NVIDIA 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB storage (up to 32GB)
  • 3G (optional)
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Infra-red remote control
  • microSD card reader
  • Mini HDMI port

If you don’t mind Google’s Android operating system, I think there are a number of reasons why you might choose the Tablet S over Apple’s iPad. While the Tablet S boasts a similar 1GHz dual-core CPU, it also boasts double the RAM at 1GB; has a built-in Infra-red port for controlling your TV, Blu-ray player and HiFi; and has a much better camera. And then there’s that PlayStation Certification: If you’re a gamer, access to a library of PlayStation games has got to be a tantalizing prospect.

Its biggest Android rival will undoubtedly be Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Both devices boast the same NVIDIA CPU, 1GB of RAM, and the Android Honeycomb OS. However, a number of recent legal spats with Apple has seen the Galaxy Tab banned in parts of Europe, and could pave the way for the Sony tablet’s success.

Sony S2 Tablet

As for the Tablet P, this is the clamshell device that sports two 5.5-inch displays that fold closed. It also featured the same NVIDIA CPU, but only 512MB of RAM, a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi, and 3G as standard. This device also boasts PlayStation Certification.

Do either of Sony’s new tablets get you excited?

[via Electricpig]