We have been aware for a while now that Sony was developing two tablet devices that were called the S1 and the S2. Now we have news of the Sony S and P tablets that are now official, and are set to begin shipping next month.
The tablets have been renamed and will both be running Android Honeycomb, and according to PCWorld will cost from €479 (US$690) and €599. Just like others who have tried Sony will be looking to get a slice of the tablet market currently dominated by Apple and the iPad.
The devices were announced at the IFA event in Berlin and Sony’s CEO and president was in a pretty bullish mood when the devices were shown off. He said “It is not who makes it first that counts, but who makes it better”. The company is looking to separate its devices from the competition and will come with both music and movie download services.
Sony has also announced that all of its content services will come under its Sony Entertainment Network brand. The devices will be integrated with other Sony products, such as being used as a remote control or show images on DLNA supported TVs. Users will also be able to stream music to wireless speakers, and get cloud based storage as well.
Both of the devices are PlayStation certified so they will be able to play PSOne games as well. The Sony Tablet S has a 9.4-inch display and is wedged shaped, which according to Sony makes it easier to view when on a desk or to hold. The unit is powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and will come in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G.
Storage is 16GB on the Wi-Fi and 3G model, and 16GB or 32GB on the Wi-Fi only model, and users can increase this via the SD card slot. The Wi-Fi only model begins shipping towards the end of next month, while the other version will come in November.
The Sony Tablet P is a device that folds like the Nintendo DS and has two 5.5-inch screens, and when folded measures around 79 x 180 x 26 mm. It features the same processor as the Tablet S, but will only be available in Wi-Fi and 3G flavor. It has only 4GB of storage that can be increased via a microSD card, and is set for release in November.
Both tablets have two cameras at 5-megapixels and 0.3 megapixels. It will be interesting to see how the new devices from Sony are received in an already crowded market. Do you like the look of the Sony Tablets?