Sony will jump into the tablet business as well with the announcement of the S1 and S2 tablets, where both models are touted to deliver the perfect combination of hardware, content and network – we will see about that. Of course, benefit of the doubt must be given to Sony since this is their maiden attempt in the tablet market, and we do wonder whether Sony is able to keep up with the rest of the bunch. Granted, they do have quite the archive when it comes to entertainment and media files what with their movie studio and music collection, but will it be priced out of range for the ordinary layman?
The two tablets in question would be the S1 that has been optimized for rich media entertainment and S2 which will target those who spend more time with mobile communication and entertainment. Available later this fall globally, both “Sony Tablets” as they are also known, ought to have all the kinks ironed out by then to deliver a truly immersive tablet experience.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb will be the operating system of choice, and both the S1 and S2 will be Wi-Fi ready with WAN (3G/4G) connectivity thrown into the mix, letting you access digital content smoothly, playing games and video, or reading your favorite books via Sony’s premium network services no matter where you are – as long as there is a data connection, of course.
The Sony S1 will sport a 9.4-inch display, boasting an off-center of gravity design that will make it more stable while easier to grip, letting you use it comfortably for hours on end.
As for the S2, this will take the dual display approach with a couple of 5.5-inch displays which can be folded for easy portability. Sounds a bit like the Kyocera Echo, right? You can use these displays independently or combine them as a large screen, where different modes will result in different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other. Battery life remains to be rated, but we will just have to wait until this fall to know further. You can check out our XOOM giveaway at the moment though if you’re hard up for a free tablet. [Press Release, or Sony Blog]