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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sony S1 and Sony S2 Android 3.0 Tablets Now Official

The Sony S1 and Sony S2 Android 3.0 tablets will be available globally this fall, both featuring unique hardware designs.

If you're eagerly awaiting Sony's new Android 3.0 tablets, we guess a milestone was reached today. During an event in Japan, Sony Corporation officially unveiled not one, but two tablets. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with unprecedented design, including the Sony S1 and Sony S2 (codenames).

Sporting the latest Android 3.0 OS, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity, the Sony S1 and Sony S2 will be launched on a global scale this fall. According to Sony, the S1 is optimized for rich media entertainment while the S2 is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. Both tablets will offer digital content including videos, games and books through Sony's network services and more.

Sony S1 Specs

The Sony S1 sports a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the Web and rich content on a large screen. A unique off-center of gravity form factor promises to offer comfortable use for hours.

Sony S1

Sony S2 Specs

Sony S2 The Sony S2 will offer two 5.5-inch displays which can be used together as one large screen to browse Websites and more. They can also be used for different functions as users can watch a video on one screen and input commands on the other, or check email on one screen and use the other as a soft keyboard (similar to the Kyocera Echo smartphone on Sprint).

Qriocity and PlayStation Suite

Through Qriocity music and video services, users can access rich video and music content. Additionally, through PlayStation Suite, users can download high quality first generation PlayStation titles. Furthermore, users can easily download eBook content from Reader Store. The Sony S1 and Sony S2 will also be equipped with functionality for organizing stored content.

Digital Home Integration

Both the Sony S1 and Sony S2 will offer infrared technology to work as universal remote controls for a variety of AV devices starting with Sony BRAVIA products. Users can perform functions like turning on their TVs, changing the channel and adjusting the volume. Additionally, through DLNA functionality on the tablets, users can stream personal content to large screen televisions or music to wireless speakers.

Official Quotes

"'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, SVP, and Deputy President of Consumer Products & Services Group at Sony.

"Android 3.0 is a new version of the Android platform with a new holographic user interface that is designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. I'm excited about "Sony Tablet" as it will further spur the development of applications and network offerings which users are looking for." said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Google Inc.


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