Sony Readies Two Android Tablets For Fall Launch

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Tokyo - Sony plans a global launch starting in the fall of two Android-based tablets, one of which is a foldable model with two 5.5-inch displays. The other features single 9.4-inch display.

Pricing wasn't announced.


Both will feature Wi-Fi and 3G/4G cellular and will incorporate Google's tablet-optimized Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system.

The S1 "Sony Tablet" with 9.4-inch screen is optimized for media playback, while the foldable S2 Sony Tablet is intended for mobile communication and entertainment, the company said.

Both, like the planned SonyEricsson Xperia Play smartphone, will download first-generation PlayStation game titles, and both will connect wirelessly to Sony's Qriocity music and video-streaming sites. Both models will also download ebook content from the company's Reader Store2.

The S1 features "off-center of gravity" design to make it easy to grip and offer a "sense of stability and lightness" for comfortable use for hours, the company said.

The S2's two 5.5-inch displays can be folded for easy portability. The dual screens, as is the case with Kyocera's Echo Android-based smartphone, can be used a combined single screen, or each screen can be used simultaneously for separate functions, such as playing video on one screen and showing control buttons on the other screen.

Both tablets will be DLNA-certified to push content to DLNA-certified TVs and AV receivers. The S1 adds infrared technology to double as an IR remote, initially controlling Sony's Bravia TVs.

 Sony also announced that it established a Consumer Products and Services Group in April to focus on "accelerating the development of innovative next generation products" and on delivering "a new lifestyle by strengthening the integration of hardware and network services."


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