Sony S1 PlayStation Tablet: US Release Date Update

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Remember that Sony S1 PlayStation tablet that we told you about a few months ago? Well we have some important details for you now, as we’re hearing the device may be releasing as early as at the end of Summer 2011, if comments from Sony’s chief executive Howard Stringer are to be believed.

In a recent interview with Japanese publication Nikkei, he apparently stated that the Sony S1 will be available in the US first, with a release likely to happen in September. However, an update over at Engadget reports that the tablet will actually release at the end of the year, although this may be related to the Japanese version of the device, with the US model unaffected.

Just to refresh, the S1 is going to be a PlayStation certified device, just like the now-available Sony Xperia Play, meaning that it should be able to play PS1 games, as well as other content off the PlayStation Suite. Other specs confirmed so far include a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 9.4-inch display and rear and front facing cameras.

We previously asked you for your thoughts on the S1 as a gaming device, and if it was a good idea to release it or not, but now we have to say that we’re slowly warming to the idea of having a Sony branded tablet to compete alongside Apple, Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG. Either way, we’re guessing that a full reveal is coming at E3 2011 – so hopefully we’ll have some more details to give you soon.

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