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.
According to CNET, a source familiar with the company’s plans for the S1 and S2 tablets, says that the duo will be available in both 16GB and 32GB models. The S1 tablet will have both a Wi-Fi-only model as well as a Wi-Fi and 3G model. The S2, however, will only come in a Wi-Fi and 3G capable model.
Additionally, the source points out that the S1 will feature a 9.4-inch IPS display with TruBlack and Bravia display technologies as well as a full-sized SD card slot. And when probed about battery life, the source mentioned that the S1 is “comparable to the iPad 2.” Accessories such as a dock and at least one Bluetooth keyboard are planned for the tablet with the keyboard designed such that it can be clipped to the bottom of the S1 when not in use.
The S1 is the 10-inch tablet that takes on the form of a folded-back magazine, while the S2 is the smaller clam-shell tablet that folds open to reveal dual 5.5-inch displays. They will both be PlayStation Certified devices running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with a customized interface that integrates some of Sony’s existing services such as Qriocity for music and movies.
The tablets are expected to launch in Europe in September, but release information for the US has not yet been revealed, except that the 3G versions will likely get service through AT&T, which is also the exclusive carrier for Sony’s PS Vita portable gaming device.