I may be in love with the iPad, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate other real headturners, and Sony S1 and S2 tablets are just that.
So far, what we know about the Sony S1 and S2 tablets are still quite sketchy, but just a look at the prototypes makes me want to try it out. The S1’s wedge design gives it extra oomph, while the S2’s “closable” dual screen design is just like no other tablet in the market. It isn’t their pretty hardware that’s the talk of the town these days though, but the fact that CNET was able to get inside information on the actual specs of the tablets. ((Source))
Prior to the leak, information about their OS have already been reported, with both models said to be built using the latest Android version. Though the Honeycomb wasn’t explicitly mentioned, it’s just logical for Sony to use the Honeycomb, it being the tablet version of Android. Aside from the OS though, we now know more about the S1’s and S2’s hardware.
According to CNET’s sources the S1 tablet will be available in the following four versions: 2 Wi-Fi only versions at 16GB and 32GB, and 2 Wi-Fi and 3G versions also with 16GB and 32GB memory space. All S1 models will also come with a built-in SD memory card reader, so that you won’t have to worry much about running out of memory. Other specs and features that were mentioned include a 9.4-inch display that will be using TruBlack and Bravia technologies, a vague estimation of the S1’s battery life (“comparable to the iPad 2”), and two important tablet accessories – a dock and a Bluetooth keyboard.
Less information was gleaned about the S2 model, but what is known is that there won’t be any Wi-Fi only versions released for this model. However, the Wi-Fi and 3G versions will also be available in 16GB and 32GB. There was no mention of the battery life or accessories that will come with the S2 tablet.
Both tablets are said to be due for launching either late August or early September, just in time for the IFA 2011 in Berlin. Sony will be releasing the real names of both tablets then, and will probably be announcing price points as well.