Sony's first entries into the tablet market are the codenamed S1 and S2 Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets. The company has already revealed them to the public with plenty of teaser videos and even a press preview, although most details on the tablets still remain a mystery. Today, however, some new information on these slates have emerged.
The Sony S1 and S2 Android tablets with their adventurous form factors are getting ready to hit the market although no specific dates and prices have been announced yet. Plenty of teaser videos of the tablets have surfaced in recent weeks, but today the devices were finally made available for some intimate hands-on time shortly following an announcement that AT&T would be the exclusive carrier for the S2. Here's a roundup of opinions on the S1 and S2 from around the blogosphere.
We've had more than one look at these magical mystical tablets, one of them a bit fat 9.4-inch Android tablet, the other being a dual 5.5-inch fold-out tablet, also Android based. Both of these devices will be rolling out with Android 3.x (more than likely Android 3.1) Honeycomb and will be connecting over either 3G, 4G, or both, again more than likely. The first tablet is what may be considered at the moment to be a more traditional look at a tablet being 4:3, one piece and ready to roll out with Honeycomb, while the other is a folder-type tablet whose screen spreads out across two displays in a form factor not yet often seen in top-tier Android devices.
Sony's S1 and S2 Android tablets have made a live appearance in Germany this week, showing up for a very brief hands-on ahead of their official debut later this year. Golem grabbed some playtime - there's a video of the clamshell S2 in action after the cut - finding both models to be comfortable to hold and reasonably intuitive to use.
Sony has released the first video in a new teaser campaign for the S1 and S2 Android Honeycomb tablets, with a Rube Goldberg-style machine theme that tells us little about the touchscreen pair. In fact, Sony seems more interested in creating city-scape shadows than it is in demonstrating its attempt to rival Apple's iPad 2.
You remember the Sony S1 and S2 tablets, right? One looks like a folded back magazine while the other takes on a clamshell form factor. Just last week, the two tablets had cleared the FCC, which revealed the S1 to come in four variations and the S2 to come with AT&T HSPA+ support. Now, a leaked internal note from Sony's marketing group may have outed the release timeframe for the two tablets.
Despite recent woes on the PlayStation Network front, Sony officially announced its first two contenders to enter the tablet battlefront. Codenamed S1 and S2, the two Android Honeycomb tablets will be powerful Tegra 2 dual-core devices geared for PlayStation gaming. Following Sony's announcement, they unleashed a teaser video for the duo. Watch it after the cut.
The Sony's first Android tablet, now officially called the Tablet S, is ready for pre-orders. The Tablet S is available on Sony's own site and on Amazon, listed at $499.99 for the 16GB model and $599.99 for the 32GB model with a promised ship date of September 16. The device is also available on Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada at the same pricing, but with a later September 23 ship date.
We haven't heard much recently about the rumored Amazon tablets codenamed Hollywood and Coyote, but that's because it's the calm before the storm. The tablets are indeed brewing and new supplier information suggests that Amazon expects to ship as much as 3 million units this fall.
The coolest thing so far about the Sony S1 and S2 tablets is the video teasers that Sony had been putting on YouTube. I really like the Rube Goldberg-style machines that are very complex looking and use all sorts of interesting methods from balls to bearings to activate the next stage in the machine while showing off some features of the tablets.