Sony Reveals 2 Android Tablets with Unusual Designs
Sony S1 (left) and Sony S2 (right)
Sony officially announced it will produce two unique Android tablets and will have them available to consumers this fall.
True to the rumors back in February , both tablets have unconventional form factors. The S1 has a curved design on the back that makes it look like a book or magazine folded back on itself, what Sony calls an “off-center of gravity design.” The S2 has a dual-screen design that folds up like a clamshell.
Both the Sony S1 and the S2 will run Android 3.0, but in slightly different ways. The S1, which has a 9.4-inch touch screen, will operate similar to other Android tablets , but the S2, with two screens at 5.5 inches each, will be able to run with separate windows on each screen or as a single screen (with a black bezel running through the middle.
Sony did not give detailed specs, but the S1 and S2 are rumored to be running the Tegra 2 processor.
Sony is well aware that hardware is not the main selling point for tablets, so the company has integrated several content providing systems into the Sony tablets. Both tablets will integrate with the PlayStation Network for gaming, and they will also use Qriocity, a service Sony launched last year, to bring music, videos and other content to connected devices.
"‘Sony Tablet’[sic] delivers an entertainment experience where users can enjoy cloud-based services on-the-go at any time. We’re aiming to create a new lifestyle by integrating consumer hardware, including ‘Sony Tablet’ with content and network,” Kunimasa Suzuki, Sony senior vice president, said in a statement.
Sony will also provide e-books through the Sony Reader Store. Both the Sony S1 and S2 are scheduled to launch in fall 2011 for an unspecified price.