Hands-on Sony S1 and S2 Video, elusive specs

By Peter Chubb - Jun 30, 2011

When Sony announced the S1 and S2 tablets we did not know much about them. We knew the basics, such as size and looks, but as for specs, price and release date forget it. However, there is now a hands-on video with the two Android tablets, and yet those specs are still elusive. Even though not much was shared at a recent event in Munich, it is clear for all to see that these devices are going to be something special.

We do know that the S1 will have a single 9.4-inch screen and the S2 will have dual 5-5 inch displays. What we can tell you is that both of these think that they are PlayStations, well sort of. German site Golem said that the smaller tablet was a little like the Nintendo DS, so no secret what market Sony are going for here then.

The larger tablet has a PS logo, so you know that Sony will go all out and market these as true gaming tablets. Maybe they feel that this is an untapped market at the moment? One thing we do know, if they do this right then they could muscle their way through the back door of the tough tablet market?

The custom UI is based on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, although Sony has gave it a bit of a tune up in order to do what they need it to do. Looking at the video we can see that the S2 has a curved design when closed but we did see a possible issue with the interface, as it seems to take a hard press of the finger for the commands to take action, but we do expect Sony to work through this issue.

As yet we do not have a release date, but we recently reported that it could be in late September. It also seems that the UK and other countries in Europe will get the devices first, and that they will be able to pre-order them the month before.

Sony is not normally this secretive about a device so close to launch, but they must have a good reason. Maybe they fear that rivals might get the jump on them if they announce spec details too soon? They might be playing a clever game, as the more we surmise about it the more media attention it gets.

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