Sony has announced two tablets, the S1 and S2, confirming an earlier report of ‘The Mobile Indian’.
S1 is a 9.4 inch tablet with a curved top, much like a folded magazine. It has both front and rear-facing cameras. The device uses a Tegra 2 SoC processor and has a customised user interface over Android 3.0 OS (operating system). It can also be used as a remote control for Sony gear thanks to its integrated infrared port.
The second new tablet from Sony is a dual screen clamshell device called S2. It has a pair of 5.5 inch 1024 x 480 pixel displays, runs on a Tegra 2 SoC, and has a camera.
Sony has taken advantage of the two screens by using a book-style layout for applications such as its e-reader app and email software, which has the keyboard on one display and messages on the other.
Both S1 and S2 are PlayStation certified, and are compatible with Wifi, 3G and 4G, according to Sony.
The tablets will be launched globally in October this year. Their prices are not known, but are expected to be competitive.
“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, deputy president of consumer products and services group, Sony.
In a press release Sony also said it will unveil various devices that will connect the hardware of enterprises with network services like Qriocity, which connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices, and also makes it possible for one device to perform as a remote control for another.