The elusive tablets from Sony, S1 and S2 have showed up in UK in a “see but don’t touch” glass case that’s nailed down for extra protection. The prototypes are only intended to familiarize viewers with their design and hardware since the software is not loaded. Thankfully, we already know some of the things the slates promise to bring.
Sony S1 is the larger of the two tablets with a 9.4inch screen sporting a resolution of 1280x800p. The design makes the tab look like a folded magazine. The underlying idea is to skew the weight more towards one edge to make the tab easier to hold. Sony S1 supports DLNA for two-way transfer of content with non-Sony devices. It also features infrared remote control technology that makes it work as a universal remote control for your devices (including AV) at home.
Sony S1 will be PlayStation certified, will feature Honeycomb, possibly Android 3.2 by the time it releases, 1GB RAM, 1GHz NVIDIA dual core processor, dual cameras, 3G/4G, WiFi, and support for Qriocity music and video service.
Sitting next to Sony S1 is the Sony S2. This tablet stands out mainly because of its unique form factor. It looks like a large glasses case till it opens up to reveal dual 5.5inch touchscreens supporting 1024x480p resolution. You can see this tab is ideal for gaming and the availability of PlayStation Suite on the tab is an added bonus. The hardware specs are almost the same – 1GB RAM, 1GHz NVIDIA dual core processor, dual cameras, 3G/4G, and WiFi but no HDMI out. Just yesterday, AT&T announced the addition of Sony S2 to its list of 4G HSPA+ devices.
Prices of the tabs have not been disclosed yet. With the products’ launch just 1-2 months away, we’re looking forward to more sessions where we can handle the devices besides admiring their line from afar.
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