Sony S1′ and ‘S2’ tablets

Monday, July 18th 2011. | Gadget News

Another Monday morning, another round of tablet-based news: and this time the spotlight falls on Sony Corp. and its ambitious upcoming twin-pronged market assault. The Japanese consumer electronics heavyweight has offered up more information on its conventional S1 tablet and its somewhat unusual clamshell S2 device, both of which are expected to arrive before the close of Q3.

The S1 tablet will come equipped with a 9.4-inch display, a capacitive touchscreen interface, a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Google’s Android operating system (v3.0), a pixel resolution of 1280×768, and gaming compatibility via the built-in PlayStation Suite. Although it looks much like any other svelte tablet upon first glance, the S1 has a thicker, rounded edge that tapers back along the device’s rear and supposedly creates a tactile sensation akin to holding a folded magazine.

Meanwhile, the touch-enabled S2 bears more of a resemblance to the Nintendo DS than it does to a regular tablet computer, not least because its rounded hinged design sports two 5.5-inch displays, which allow it to be physically closed for extra protection and portability.

The S2 also comes equipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset, Google Android version 3.0, and access to the PlayStation Suite.

Sony’s tablets will also have Wi-Fi (S1) and 3G and 4G connectivity (S2), data expansion via microSD and DLNA. Oddly, however, Sony has apparently opted to forego high-definition output via the omission of an HDMI port.

Clearly confident regarding its chances in the tablet arena, Sony has said it expects the S1 and S2 to help it secure a solid second place behind market leader Apple and its all-conquering iPad.

According to Sony, the current ‘S1’ and ‘S2’ brandings will be replaced before the tablet duo is officially launched at retail.

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